Are You Fit to Lead?
Three years into my military career as a junior Captain I was put in charge of the Battalion signal platoon. These were riflemen who served as signalers within the Battalion, usually because they showed the intelligence and technical aptitude to deliver this critical service but occasionally because the rifle platoons wanted to side line someone. The signal platoon delivered a vital capability - any infantry unit that can’t communicate is effectively useless. Unfortunately many of these technically excellent soldiers had decided that fitness was low on the priority list, a view reinforced by the Battalion moving into armoured vehicles. With wheels and tracks who cared about running anywhere?