Battle Buddy

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Battle Buddy- the idea behind having a battle buddy comes from the guidance of the old Aristotelian adage “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, and has been used in the military for decades. Shield bearer is another term used in ancient Gaul which means something different a soldier carrying a shield to either protect a chief or noble or so the other can be well rested. Might be like a squire that takes care of a knight's armor. Naturally the expression eventually acquired a deeper meaning, and is used in memoirs by veterans to describe their close friends. In today’s combat environment, the term is used to describe the smallest combat unit which can be considered combat effective. A battle buddy can pretty much be anything …show more content…
As an example, soldiers in Phase V (20 plus weeks) will not be required to be with their buddy after the end of the established duty day.
(6) Buddy teams will not be required to attend sick call or personal appointments together. If pairing is required, commanders may pair other soldiers of the same sex reporting to sick call.
(7) Every effort will be made to provide those IET soldiers who have English as a second language (ESL), or have successfully completed the ESL program, with a buddy who is fluent in English.
(8) Male-female buddy teams are only authorized in AIT/OSUT when there is only one female in the class. In this situation, the female IET soldier will be paired with two male soldiers.
Your battle buddy will most likely be a different race, ethnicity, or age from you. The Drill Sergeants want you to be able to work closely with someone from a different background. Race, ethnicity, and age are superficialities that will not matter when completing a mission. You will be responsible for how your battle buddy looks, acts, performs, etc., and vice versa. Your battle buddy will be someone you will never forget, so make a conscious effort to be tolerant toward that individual. Most likely, those who have a helpful battle buddy will have had a much easier time at basic training.
Before every formation, make sure your battle buddy has all the
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