Army team-building exercises are commonly used to encourage soldiers to trust one another and work together to achieve a common goal. Team building helps troops both in garrison and during deployments, where depending on teammates is often essential to survival.
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Soldiers are frequently required to navigate obstacle courses that require teamwork to succeed. Obstacle courses enable soldiers to gain confidence in themselves and their teammates by teaching them that their "battle buddies" are competent enough to be trusted.
First Aid Training
The "First-Aid Training" exercise teaches soldiers that they must work together by encouraging them to save the life of a "casualty." Soldiers must effectively communicate with each other, carry casualties long distances together (either by hand or on a litter) and set up safe helicopter landing zones together.
Soldiers work together during ruck marches (a two- to twelve-mile march while carrying a 35- to 55-pound pack) to ensure they complete the required distance in the required amount of time. When a soldier has difficulty carrying his load, other soldiers are encouraged to step in and ease his burden. When courses are completed successfully, the unit celebrates as a team and each soldier is assured that his "battle buddies" will take care of him.
Many U.S. Army units participate in organised sports as team-building exercises. Soldiers are required to work together to win football and soccer games, frisbee matches or to compete in makeshift obstacle courses. Teamwork is required and applauded, and soldiers gain confidence in their teammates while participating in organised sports.
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