Leadership module #4: Solving a Problem
To solve any problem in the military we use a seven step process known as:
The Military Estimate
Step 1: Confirm the Task and ask: "What is it that I am to do?"
Step 2: Identify the Problem(s)
Step 3: Determine the Critical Factors that will affect my thoughts while working out a solution
Step 4: Develop Alternate Courses of Action (COA). Having more than one plan is essential.
Step 5: Evaluate Courses of Action by carefully examining each plan to determine the strengths and
Step 6: Determine the Best COA and adopt this plan.
Step 7: Make Plan and Implement
Written Response Assignment:
You are in charge of a Duke of Edinburgh expedition that is currently on a canoe trip in
Algonquin Park. Your group consists of eight people: three seniors, four juniors and
yourself. You have four canoes. The trip has gone along smoothly for the last two days and
you have covered nearly forty kilometres. You are at the end of day three now and some
members are complaining of sore arms and backs but otherwise up until now, all is well.
Cpl Bloggins, on descending a steep rocky pass during a portage, caught his foot, fell
driving a large hole through the side of his canoe and his ankle is in tremendous pain. You
are unsure to the extent of the injury however the ankle is starting to swell. You are 10 km
away from the nearest help and nightfall is fast approaching. Cell phone reception in this
area of the province is non existent.
Be sure to include all seven (7) steps of logical analysis in your answer. It is advised that you write a
paragraph about each step of the Military Estimate. You are required to complete this assignment
by 11:00 this evening. You are to submit your assignment to the following locations:
B) The Silver Star Submissions Conference.
**Please ensure that your name and platoon number is in the title of the file that
you send to the conference.**