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Assessment and feedback program to improve leadership training.

The Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback (MSAF) Program is a new Army tool that assesses individual and organizational leadership strengths and weaknesses through a 360-degree assessment. The program gives peers, subordinates, and supervisors (at all levels) the opportunity to honestly assess each other's performance without fear of reprisal because the information in MSAF is confidential. MSAF also provides individual feedback related to the eight leader competencies described in Field Manual 6-22, Army Leadership.

MSAF started as a pilot program in 2004 to raise self-awareness and guide skill improvement for Army leaders. MSAF will continue this mission by assessing the training and education of officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, and Army civilians in all components.

Individuals may use MSAF at any time for self-development. Professional Military Education (PME) and Civilian Education System (CES) courses now require participants to initiate a self-assessment before attending class. PME students will receive notification through the Army Training Requirements and Resources System. CES students will be notified through the Civilian Human Resources Training Application System.

Students will select individuals they served with at their last assignments to evaluate their leadership skills. Once the assessment is complete, students will receive an individual feedback report. Students can then meet with an instructor and use the results to construct an individual development plan.

Only the person who initiated the assessment will have access to the feedback it provides. Commanders will not have access to individual feedback reports for their subordinate leaders. but they will receive a cumulative report for their organizations that contains no information identifying individuals.

The Officer Education System (OES) Intermediate Level Education (ILE) was the first to use MSAE The Sergeants Major Course is next. The other PME schools will follow in the first half of fiscal year 2009. The CES will phase in MSAE starting with the Advanced Course in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009 and ending with the Basic Course in the third quarter of fiscal year 2009.

MSAF assessment tools and feedback are available through the My Leader Development section of Army Knowledge Online or by logging onto
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Publication:Army Logistician
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2008
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