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                A warrior’s aim is more focused and deliberate when they fire. They fire with resolve in order
to destroy an enemy. Humans have an innate resistance to killing, however, according to LTC Grossman in On Killing, through operant condition this can be overcome.2 Every time a Trainee fires a live round they aim at a human shaped target, this is designed to condition them to fire at an enemy
in battle. In order to improve the warrior ethos of Trainees during BTLFX, they should be coached to be deliberate in their aim throughout the lane. At the end of the lane, the Trainees need the feedback as to what they scored, which lets them see the results of their attempt at excellence. We have begun to grade each buddy team, with a minimum standard of 40 hits out of 108 chances to pass.
Movement during Buddy Team Live Fire incorporates all of the movement techniques taught throughout Basic Combat Training; however,
the real test is physical conditioning. Anyone
can correctly perform the movement techniques required of Basic Trainees. Conducting those techniques while in full battlefield armor over the
100-meter BTLFX course requires Trainees to be conditioned. A disciplined Trainee is prepared
for this because they are used to moving under
a load. During White Phase, it is important to prepare Trainees not only to shoot but also to move under load. We accomplish this by taking every opportunity available to conduct foot marches to and from training. Discipline comes into effect
in the packing list; there is always the opportunity for an undisciplined Trainee to carry less than required. Ensure that you hold your Trainees to the standard and properly conduct pre-combat checks and pre-combat inspections to confirm your Trainees are getting the most out of training.
Establishing a warrior ethos required
to excel during the movement portion of BTLFX requires a culture of physical excellence. This should begin with the nutrition classes in Red Phase and carries throughout their career in
the Army. Building this culture starts with the Drill Sergeant; it is difficult to convey to Trainees the importance of fitness if their instructors
do not meet that criteria. This culture of physical excellence needs to be present not only during physical training every morning but
2) Grossman, Dave. On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. Boston: little, Brown, 1995. Print.
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