FORT KNOX, KY—Over the course of two days, Advanced Camp 10th Regiment learned how to overcome obstacles with their squads and how to assess leadership in each other at the Field Leadership Reaction Course (FLRC).
FLRC is a low elevation obstacle course designed to help squads form bonds of trust, develop communication, and determine each other’s leadership skills and style. Cadets have to form a plan to get items across the objectives within a time limit of 25 minutes.
“Our goal is to build team cohesion and learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses so when we get in the field for FTX (field training exercise) we form together better as a team,” explained Cadet John Mlinarcik, Wheaton College.
These stations have yellow and black painted areas. Cadets may only touch the black areas. The yellow areas are “no-go” zones and teams receive a time penalty if they touch them. If the squad receives more than three penalties, they have to reset and start the station over again.
“At every station we rotate squad leaders, so our biggest challenge has been understanding each other’s leadership style,” said Cadet Jessica Hinkson, Oregon State University.
Over the course of two days, some squads excelled at quickly and effectively communicating ideas, while other squads took more time to effectively communicate.
“Communication is key in what we do. If directions aren’t communicated clearly or are wrong, people can get hurt. Good directions from your squad and team leaders make the missions run smoothly and prevent accidents,” said Mlinarcik.
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