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originally posted by: LifeMode
a reply to: djbj597922
I forced my Soldiers in Afghanistan to do physical training on their off days. They were getting obese and lethargic, eating garbage and playing video games...generally being lazy when not on missions. I finally made it mandatory with my Commander's blessing that they had to do physical training on their days off with their squad on the FOB.
They wanted me dead to say the least. I mean they truly effin hated me. After a few weeks though they started to look forward to it, developed good workouts, built team commradery, trust, confidence in each other and much happier. And when s*** hit the fan there was more energy and motivation, focus to push through it...protect each other. Just that one hard choice made a big difference in their attitude and posture.
It was a tough call but end of the day it was the right call. Some of them told me later I was absolutely right.