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                 also throughout the day. In order to encourage and grade movement during the BTLFX, Trainees should be timed as they complete the course and receive a score based on their time.
COMMUNICATE:
Buddy Team Live Fire is the only graduation requirement that is based on a Trainee’s ability to be a member of a team. A Trainee’s abilities to communicate, interact, and develop as a team starts as soon as they get off the bus at reception. This team development is an essential skill for the Army, because we fight and win as a team. Trainees need to have the discipline to understand that they are part of something bigger than themselves. This requires them to be selfless and understand that sometimes they need to put the needs of others above their own. We begin to foster this in Red Phase. If you do not help the group meet their
goal then everyone has to work harder
- group ‘corrective actions’ or push-
ups! It is further developed through assigned battle buddy teams. These teams are assigned during the Hammer Field Training Exercise and carry throughout the remainder of training.
Warrior ethos, when it comes
to communication, is about building
strong teams and learning to depend on the other members of your team. Building strong bonds allow for each member of a buddy team to trust that their teammate will provide covering fire.3 They trust that their battle buddy will not accidently shoot them in the back and that their covering fire
will prevent the enemy from effectively engaging them as they move. In order to give feedback on communication, it
is important to evaluate how effective Trainees are able to provide covering fire while the other Trainee is moving.
The Army’s Multi-Domain Operations strategy calls for improved Soldier lethality. The journey towards more lethal Soldiers starts with improving Buddy Team Live Fire, which can be accomplished by focusing on discipline and warrior ethos.4 Buddy Team Live Fire is the culminating event of Basic Combat Training, it incorporates all of the training lessons and tests the Trainee’s proficiency. If we as trainers focus
on discipline and warrior ethos it will result in better performance at shooting, moving, and communicating throughout Buddy Team Live Fire. Murphy’s Law5
will always be present. There will always be terrible mag changes and fogged up eye-protection. But this is the beginning of the transformation process and if we can just give these Soldiers a little more discipline and warrior ethos, they will
be more prepared for the rest of their journey.
CPT Derek B. Hartman is the former Company Commander for Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 60th Infantry Regiment, 193rd Infantry Brigade. Prior to this assignment, CPT Hartman was a Route Clearance Platoon Leader and Battalion S1 for the 1st Engineer Battalion at Ft Riley, KS.
     3) Suppressive fire is fire that degrades the performance of an enemy force below the level required for it to fulfill its mission.
4) TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-1, the U.S. Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028, Department of the Army, HQ, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia 6 December 2018.
5) Murphy’s Law states that, “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”
Notes
07-BT071043 BUIS Group and Zero (BCT RM PD 3), Basic Combat Training Program of Instruction, Department of the Army, HQ, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia 09MAR2018.
Grossman, Dave. On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society. Boston: little, Brown, 1995. Print.
TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-1, the U.S. Army in Multi-Domain Operations 2028, Department of the Army, HQ, United States Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Virginia 6 December 2018.
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