Debriefing Process - Policy - UNITAF Force Manual (FM)

Debriefing Process
The FM outlines our core skills, policies and guides to ensure every member stands ready for the mission ahead.

Current Version (181 days ago)

FM/BP-370.V1.01 - Debriefing Process


  • Each element conducts its debriefing, led by the element leader.
  • Only immediate subordinates of the element leader are allowed to attend.
  • No other attendance or speaking is permitted, except as outlined in FM/BP-368 - Who can attend a debriefing.

Levels and Participants

  • Fireteam: Led by Fireteam Leader; subordinates are team members.
  • Squad: Led by Squad Leader; subordinates are Fireteam Leaders.
  • Platoon: Led by Platoon Leader; subordinates are Squad Leaders.
  • Company: Led by Company Commander; subordinates are Platoon Leaders.
  • Attachments: Led by the Element Leader or for example JTAC/FO from HQ Element


  • The element leader asks each subordinate, in reverse order of seniority, for feedback.
  • Feedback includes: successes, issues, and suggestions for improvement.
  • Each person speaks uninterrupted, followed by the next subordinate.

Leaders' Role

  • The element leader may comment or question after each feedback.
  • After all have spoken, the leader may allow further comments if permitted.
  • The leader summarizes the feedback and provides their own insights.
  • The leader concludes the debrief and reports to their superior.

The process ascends through the OPCOC hierarchy to the higher headquarters.

Published by Maj James on 22/01/2024 at 00:42

Previous Versions

FM/BP-370.V1.00 - Debriefing Process
  • Each element conducts a debriefing
  • The debriefing is conducted by the element leader
  • Only the immediate subordinates of the element leader may be present for the debriefing
    • No other person is permitted to attend or speak at the debriefing (exceptions see FM/BP-368 - Who can attend a debriefing)
    • Examples of debriefing levels
      • Fireteam (leader: Fireteam Leader subordinates: members of the fireteam)
      • Squad (leader: Squad Leader subordinates: fireteam leaders)
      • Platoon (leader: Platoon Leader subordinates: squad leaders)
      • Company (leader: Company Commander subordinates: platoon leaders)
  • The element leader, in reverse order of seniority (of rank or role) asks each person for
    • their feedback;
    • or their elements feedback (depending on the level of the debriefing).
      • Feedback includes;
        • What went well
        • What didn't go well
        • What we could do different next time
  • Each person speaks uninterrupted and then the element leader will continue through each subordinate.
    • The element leader may make a comment or ask a question to a subordinate before moving on
  • After all subordinates have spoken the element leader will ask if anyone has any further comments, to which, if the element leader permits it, can be made.
  • The element leader, summarizes the feedback as they understand it from their subordinates
  • The element leader gives their own feedback to their subordinates and their thoughts on the mission
  • The element leader dismisses the element and reports to their superior debriefing.
  • This process continues up the OPCOC until it reaches the higher headquarters.
Published by Maj James on 22/01/2024 at 00:30
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