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Building Effective Teams

Discuss team-building techniques that prevent combat or operational stress among military units.

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Building Effective Teams

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528th Medical Detachment (CSC)


FM 22-51, Leaders Manual for Combat Stress Control

FM 22-100, Military Leadership

FM 22-102, Soldier Team Development




How a Leader Defeats Combat Stress

Four Keys to Leading a Team

Three Team Building Stages

Soldier Hurdles and
leader actions at each Stage

Team Building for Families


How a Leader Defeats Combat Stress

LEADING his/her unit






Team Building Stages

1) Formation Stage

2) Enrichment Stage

3) Sustainment Stage

*Combat and Garrison Perspective

Formation Stage

Achieve belonging & acceptance

Settle personal & family issues

Learn about their leaders & peers

Face/survive uncertainties of war

Adjust to home/family separations

Formation Stage
Leader Actions

Calm, Stable Atmosphere

Reception & Orientation

Individual Attention

Assist with Immediate Problems

Buddy System/Mentorship

Provide Vital Safety Tips

Enrichment Stage

Learning who’s in charge

Learning to trust leaders & others

Accepting the way things will be done

Resolve any lingering conflicts

Enrichment Stage
Leader Actions

Train as a Unit to Instill:



Clear Lines of Authority

Unit and Individual Goals/Priorities


Can-do attitude

Sustainment Stage

Continue to:

function as a team

have trust and confidence in self/others

share ideas and feelings

look out for each other

endure continuous operations

adjust, control, overcome

Sustainment Stage
Leader Actions

Every Task a Team one

Keep Soldiers Productively Busy

Know and Deal with Human Nature

Incentive Program

Team or unit-to-unit competitions

After Action Reviews

Team Building for Families?

Four Keys to Leading
a Team

Right Garrison/War focus


Individual Leaders

Leadership Teams


Other Family Points

Army first, Families always

Get Army families together

Family Support Groups

Resources available

All these Stress-Proof Soldiers

Feeling a part of the unit

Confidence/Trust in self, others

Physical, Mental Adjustment


Army vs. Individual

Who’s in Charge

What is Right

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