DVIDS – News – Back to Basics: US Army Reservists Build Essential Skills During Exercise Warrior


U.S. Army Reserve soldiers strive to balance their civilian and military lives on a daily basis, and each year they typically spend at least two weeks away from their families to fully immerse themselves in annual training exercises. , such as the Warrior exercise (WAREX). WAREX is an essential part of a soldier’s training as it provides the opportunity for individuals and units to prepare for wartime missions and deployments. First Lt. Amanda Palmer of the 940th Movement Control Team (MCT) is one of many Reserve Soldiers who came to Fort McCoy, Wis., to participate in this year’s WAREX.

“I think exercises like WAREX are important to the Army’s mission in general, because they affect the basic skills of soldiers. We all have our different individual jobs, but everyone is a soldier first,” says 1st Lt. Palmer. “You have to be able to pick up a weapon and fight, so we went through weapons qualification. You need to be in good physical shape, so we did the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT). You must be able to move under fire. We have gone through many different warrior tasks and trainings that allow us to be a soldier first before honing our skills on our individual Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).

As commander of the 940th MCT, 1st Lt. Palmer understands the value and importance of the training conducted for herself and her unit. Palmer highlighted how WAREX prepares soldiers for a variety of challenges they may face while deployed.

“Army warrior tasks, the (ACFT) and how to move as a squad often get lost because we do a lot of planning, computer work and coordination. At all times, a soldier must be able to do these types of skills. So getting back to those basics is definitely important.

1st Lt. Palmer highlights other miscellaneous skills the 940th MCT learned during their training, such as how to move as a unit, communicate better, and perform tactical casualty care at the fight.

“We usually don’t [get to develop those skills] during the assembly of the battle, so being able to do this three days in a row and working as a team, day in and day out, really built the esprit de corps and helped the soldiers get back to some of these bases,” 1st Lt. Palmer says.

Although training and preparation are at the forefront of an exercise like WAREX, there are other benefits and experiences that soldiers receive when they are with their units. For some Army Reservists, annual training events provide the most time spent with their units, allowing soldiers to get to know each other and build positive relationships. A soldier’s job is to train to the standards, execute the mission, and return home safely. Like many soldiers, 1st Lt. Palmer realizes the capability and camaraderie his unit possesses.

“A good attitude goes a long way. We certainly have times when we can have fun and relax, but everyone knows when it’s time to stick together and do what we need to do. So I think just having a positive attitude and being able to relate to some of the things that everyone goes through in life definitely makes the unit stronger and more cohesive.

Date taken: 25.07.2022
Date posted: 28.07.2022 15:42
Story ID: 425993
Location: FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin, USA

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