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Marines learn leadership, but also teamwork

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CAMP PENDLETON, CA. -- Marine Corps recruits face different challenges during their training. They learn to lead but also to work together in small teams.  

It's something that even teachers put through the boot camp experience learned about in the making of a Marine.

The 12 stalls exercise involves 12 different problem-solving drills fashioned after combat situations.

In one, a group of teachers must retrieve a wounded Marine, in this case an actual size mannequin.  They must use a stretcher board to rescue that fellow marine.

They can't the ground in certain areas. Anything red is off limits. Drill instructors reminder the teachers that "red is dead" 

Actual marine recruits must go those same drills during their last week of training, called the crucible.

As the teachers find out, these drills test their ability to problem solve and work as a team.

It's interesting to watch and listen as team leaders emerge and other teachers try to execute the various plans to solve the problems.

Another exercise involves using boards to form narrow scaffolding with the goal of getting two fuel cans and everyone across in a timely manner. 

12 stalls is about team building and developing leadership skills. It's also about building a recruit's mental strength. They complete a task with basic equipment and very little guidance from drill instructors.

Everyone in the squad will be placed in a leadership position, and this teaches small squad leadership.

As the teachers learn, it's common to argue during the event. Just like the recruits, the teachers believe his or her way is correct. It's up to squad leader to bring the team together to accomplish the goal.

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