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Decision making in situations when time and space are paramount is difficult, and operators and leaders need to be able to work through the difficulties. When it comes to the development of team leaders in these areas we try to accomplish it from the selection process to the succession in the team. We state this process with the selection of team leaders. Those that test for and receive the title of team leaders have already shown that they have a firm understanding of most tactics, and they have the ability to stay calm under stress. When they are placed in that position they are provided additional training in leadership (NTOA team leader development) and they are involved more in after actions and the ‘thinking’ aspect of all operations.