In the military you train. You train a lot. Physically, mentally, emotionally, on the firing range, in the tank, in the aircraft, drills underway, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coasties and now Guardians train constantly through repetitions. Repetitions build muscle memory so when the event — the crisis occurs in real life, instinct and training take over and bypass hesitation and doubt. What if training to prevent sexual harassment was conducted the same way. Rebecca Segal shares how one unit in the Army is applying good old fashion hands-on repetition to Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Training with a strong emphasis on prevention in the earliest stages.


Long before COVID saw much of the country locked in their homes operating on laptops and tablets, conducting business and meetings and school and training, there was a significant portion of the population that was already learning via distance education. The military has always had a portion of the force that accomplished professional military education (PME) via correspondence (an antiquated term at this point) and in the last two decades a significant portion of annual training requirements have moved online to computer based training. But how effective is it? A BETTER PEACE welcomes Geoff Bailey to take a look at the state of distance education in the U.S. Army. He joins podcast editor Ron Granieri in the virtual studio as they discuss the pros and cons of distance learning. An advocate for distance education, Geoff points to recent changes due to the pandemic and urges educators within the Army to seize upon the gains made in technology, delivery and engagement techniques and practices. The whole goal of his research is to ensure that the total force is the best it can be trained regardless of whether learning occurred in person or at a distance.