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Intense realistic training and stress inoculation are the best way to prepare operators and future leaders for real life situations. A combination of live fire and force on force with simunitions are effective for making things realistic. Actual combat experience is difficulty to replicate, but we must to to make this as stressful and realistic as possible while still being safe. Battle drills should trained to the point that they are instinctual. Being able to pick apart a problem and make sound decisions under high stress and leading a team on high risk operations is a skill that must be developed over time and continually honed. Expose the younger and up and coming leaders to the job they will be required to fill in the future. I recall being required to competently and confidently lead at two levels higher than the current assignment.