DD Form 2977 Deliberate Risk Assessment Worksheet

What Is DD Form 2977?

The DD Form 2977 also known as the Deliberate Risk Assessment Worksheet is the standard form used within the U.S. Army for deliberate risk assessment. This form provides a standardized means of documenting the risk management process to maintain continuity with mission tasks and requirements.

A copy of the worksheet can be found in the GTA-21-08-001 booklet or downloaded down below. The revision issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) in September 2014 is in use and actual for today.

The DD Form 2977 is a replacement for the outdated DA Form 7566 CRM or the Composite Risk Management Worksheet. The DA 7566 was used to record on-duty and off-duty risks during scheduled military events and was available for download through the Army Publishing Directorate website.

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How to Fill out DD Form 2977?

  1. Fill in the Mission/Task description Field. Briefly describe the overall Mission or Task for which the deliberate risk assessment is being conducted. List the date in the appropriate Field;
  2. Provide the information about the individual conducting the deliberate risk assessment for the operation or training in the 'PREPARED BY' Field;
  3. The UIC Field requires the Unit Identification Code. The CIN Field is for the Course ID Number; 'OPORD' stands for 'OPERATION ORDER'; DSN is for the 'Defense Switched Network' and 'COMM' stands for 'COMMERCIAL';
  4. In the 'SUB-TASK/SUB-STEP OF MISSION/TASK' Field briefly describe all subtasks or substeps that warrant risk management;
  5. Specify hazards related to the subtask in Item 4;
  6. In the 'INITIAL RISK LEVEL' describe the probability and severity of each mission. Use the risk assessment matrix to determine the risk levels for each hazard. List risk mitigation resources and controls in the 'CONTROL' Box;
  7. The 'HOW TO IMPLEMENT/WHO WILL IMPLEMENT' Box requires a brief description of the means of employment for each control and the name of the individual unit or office that has the primary responsibility for control implementation;
  8. Determine the probability, severity and residual risk level in the drop-down menu in the 'RESIDUAL RISK LEVEL' Box;
  9. Assign an overall residual risk level in Box 10 after completing the previous block. The number should be equal to or greater than the highest residual risk level from Item 9;
  10. The 'OVERALL SUPERVISION PLAN AND RECOMMENDED COURSE OF ACTION' Field requires the preparer to identify the specific tasks and levels of responsibility for supervisory personnel and provide a recommended course of action for approval or disapproval based on the overall risk assessment;
  11. The 'APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF MISSION OR TASK' Field is provided for the Risk approval authority tasked with approving or disapproving the mission based on the provided risk assessment;
  12. The 'RISK ASSESSMENT REVIEW' Columns are for documenting regularly held reviews;
  13. Provide specific input on the effectiveness of risk controls and their contribution to mission success or failure in the 'FEEDBACK AND LESSONS LEARNED' Field. Include recommendations for new or revised controls, possible solutions, or alternate actions;
  14. Fill in the 'ADDITIONAL COMMENTS OR REMARKS' Field with any additional data that would support the integration of risk management.

Filled-out DD Form 2977 examples can be found online. The information gathered during the Risk Management process on the DD 2977 or other RM worksheets should be thoroughly analyzed and kept for later use. The feedback provided via the risk assessment worksheet can help practitioners develop new techniques and implement them into future army activities and operations.

DELIBERATE RISK ASSESSMENT WORKSHEET
1. MISSION/TASK DESCRIPTION
2. DATE (YYYYMMDD)
3. PREPARED BY
a. Name (Last, First Middle Initial)
b. Rank/Grade
c. Duty Title/Position
d. Unit
e. Work Email
f. Telephone (DSN/Commercial (Include Area Code))
g. UIC/CIN (as required)
h. Training Support/Lesson Plan or OPORD (as required)
i. Signature of Preparer
Five steps of Risk Management: (1) Identify the hazards
(2) Assess the hazards
(3) Develop controls & make decisions
(4) Implement controls
(5) Supervise and evaluate (Step numbers not equal to numbered items on form)
4. SUBTASK/SUBSTEP OF
5. HAZARD
6. INITIAL
7. CONTROL
8. HOW TO IMPLEMENT/
9. RESIDUAL
MISSION/TASK
RISK LEVEL
WHO WILL IMPLEMENT
RISK LEVEL
10. OVERALL RESIDUAL RISK LEVEL (All controls implemented):
11. OVERALL SUPERVISION PLAN AND RECOMMENDED COURSE OF ACTION
12. APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF MISSION OR TASK
a. Name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. Rank/Grade
c. Duty Title/Position
d. Signature of Approval Authority
e. Additional Guidance:
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DELIBERATE RISK ASSESSMENT WORKSHEET
1. MISSION/TASK DESCRIPTION
2. DATE (YYYYMMDD)
3. PREPARED BY
a. Name (Last, First Middle Initial)
b. Rank/Grade
c. Duty Title/Position
d. Unit
e. Work Email
f. Telephone (DSN/Commercial (Include Area Code))
g. UIC/CIN (as required)
h. Training Support/Lesson Plan or OPORD (as required)
i. Signature of Preparer
Five steps of Risk Management: (1) Identify the hazards
(2) Assess the hazards
(3) Develop controls & make decisions
(4) Implement controls
(5) Supervise and evaluate (Step numbers not equal to numbered items on form)
4. SUBTASK/SUBSTEP OF
5. HAZARD
6. INITIAL
7. CONTROL
8. HOW TO IMPLEMENT/
9. RESIDUAL
MISSION/TASK
RISK LEVEL
WHO WILL IMPLEMENT
RISK LEVEL
10. OVERALL RESIDUAL RISK LEVEL (All controls implemented):
11. OVERALL SUPERVISION PLAN AND RECOMMENDED COURSE OF ACTION
12. APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF MISSION OR TASK
a. Name (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. Rank/Grade
c. Duty Title/Position
d. Signature of Approval Authority
e. Additional Guidance:
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Probability (expected frequency)
Frequent:
Likely:
Occasional:
Seldom:
Unlikely:
Continuous,
Several or
Sporadic or
Infrequent
Possible
Risk Assessment Matrix
regular, or
numerous
intermittent
occurrences
occurrences
inevitable
occurrences
occurrences
but improbable
occurrences
Severity (expected consequence)
A
B
C
D
E
Catastrophic: Mission failure, unit readiness eliminated;
I
EH
EH
H
H
M
death, unacceptable loss or damage
Critical: Significantly degraded unit readiness or mission
II
EH
H
H
M
L
capability; severe injury, illness, loss or damage
Moderate: Somewhat degraded unit readiness or mission
III
H
M
M
L
L
capability; minor injury, illness, loss, or damage
Negligible: Little or no impact to unit readiness or mission
IV
M
L
L
L
L
capability; minimal injury, loss, or damage
Legend: EH - Extremely High Risk
H - High Risk
M - Medium Risk
L - Low Risk
13. RISK ASSESSMENT REVIEW (Required when assessment applies to ongoing operations or activities)
a. Date
b. Last Name
c. Rank/Grade
d. Duty Title/Position
e. Signature of Reviewer
14. FEEDBACK AND LESSONS LEARNED
15. ADDITIONAL COMMENTS OR REMARKS
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Instructions for Completing DD Form 2977, "Deliberate Risk Assessment Worksheet"
1. Mission/Task Description: Briefly describe
11. Supervision Plan and Recommended
the overall Mission or Task for which the
Course of Action: Completed by preparer.
deliberate risk assessment is being conducted.
Identify specific tasks and levels of responsibility
for supervisory personnel and provide the
2. Date (DD/MM/YYY): Self Explanatory.
decision authority with a recommend course of
action for approval or disapproval based upon
3. Prepared By: Information provided by the
the overall risk assessment.
individual conducting the deliberate risk
assessment for the operation or training.
12. Approval/Disapproval of Mission/Task:
Legend: UIC = Unit Identification Code; CIN =
Risk approval authority approves or disapproves
Course ID Number; OPORD = operation order;
the mission or task based on the overall risk
DSN = defense switched network; COMM =
assessment, including controls, residual risk
commercial
level, and supervision plan.
4. Sub-task/Sub-Step of Mission/Task: Briefly
13. Risk Assessment Review: Should be
describe all subtasks or substeps that warrant
conducted on a regular basis. Reviewers should
risk management.
have sufficient oversight of the mission or activity
and controls to provide valid input on changes or
5. Hazard: Specify hazards related to the
adjustments needed. If the residual risk rises
subtask in block 4.
above the level already approved, operations
should cease until the appropriate approval
6. Initial Risk Level: Determine probability and
authority is contacted and approves continued
severity. Using the risk assessment matrix (page
operations.
3), determine level of risk for each hazard
specified. probability, severity and associated
14. Feedback and Lessons Learned: Provide
Risk Level; enter level into column.
specific input on the effectiveness of risk controls
and their contribution to mission success or
7. Control: Enter risk mitigation resources/
failure. Include recommendations for new or
controls identified to abate or reduce risk relevant
revised controls, practicable solutions, or
to the hazard identified in block 5.
alternate actions. Submit and brief valid lessons
learned as necessary to persons affected.
8. How to Implement / Who Will Implement:
Briefly describe the means of employment for
15. Additional Comments or Remarks:
each control (i.e., OPORD, briefing, rehearsal)
Preparer or approval authority provides any
and the name of the individual unit or office that
additional comments, remarks, or information to
has primary responsibility for control
support the integration of risk management.
implementation.
Additional Guidance: Blocks 4-9 may be
reproduced as necessary for processing of all
9. Residual Risk Level: After controls are
subtasks/ substeps of the mission/task. The
implemented, determine resulting probability,
addition and subtraction buttons are designed to
severity, and residual risk level.
enable users to accomplish this task.
10. Overall Risk After Controls are
Implemented: Assign an overall residual risk
level. This is equal to or greater than the highest
residual risk level (from block 9).
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