The Ready, Resilient and Army Strong Campaign is the Army’s approach to holistic care for Soldiers and Families. It is designed to help Soldiers and Families deal with the numerous stressors placed upon them through increased education and access to appropriate resources.

As part of this campaign, I would like to focus on the Army’s Risk Reduction Program. The Risk Reduction Program or RRP is a tool to assist commanders in reducing high-risk behaviors in their Soldiers. It has evolved into an efficient way of ascertaining and addressing high-risk behavioral problems and it supports the Army’s Substance Abuse Program by integrating prevention and intervention programs into a framework contributing to the four institutional outcomes of performance, readiness, retention and recruiting. Chapter 12 of Army Regulation 600-85, “The Army Substance Abuse Program,” addresses RRP.

The Risk Reduction Program extends beyond substance abuse. Here at Fort Bragg, there are 15, high-risk factors commanders look at when comparing their units to other units on Fort Bragg and in the Army as a whole. These areas are: positive drug urinalysis, injuries, sexually transmitted diseases, suicide gestures and attempts, absent without leave incidents, drug offenses, alcohol offenses, traffic violations, crimes against persons, crimes against property, spouse abuse, child abuse, financial problems, accidents and deaths.

Two integral components of RRP, which are used to ascertain risk level and address high-risk behavioral problems, are the unit risk inventory and the reintegration URI or R-URI. Commanders will coordinate with their risk reduction program coordinators to administer the URI to all deploying Soldiers at least 30 days before deployment or at any time they deem fit, and incoming commanders should administer the URI immediately after taking command. The R-UPI should be administered to redeploying Soldiers within 30 to 180 days of their return.

The Risk Reduction Program promotes a prevention-focused approach when dealing with high-risk behaviors and promotes focused, coordinated actions on the part of installation agencies and the chain of command in units with high-risk profiles. Using the analytical data gained from the URIs, R-URIs and other RRP reports, commanders can call upon installation resources for support to reduce or prevent high-risk behaviors from impacting mission readiness.

I believe risk reduction starts with our leaders. All leaders have a responsibility to understand the importance of the RRP and must be knowledgeable on the installation resources that are available to assist them. A strong devotion and sincere approach to taking care of the welfare of our Soldiers, Families and civilians is nonnegotiable. The garrison commander and I are dedicated to ensuring the safety and security of every member of our community and personally committed to ensuring Fort Bragg remains a place we are all proud to call home.

For more information on the Army’s Risk Reduction Program and additional resources, go to acsap.army.mil/sso/pages/public/resources/risk-reduction.jsp. For any questions or concerns here at Fort Bragg, contact the installation RRP coordinators at 432-5059 or 396-4100.