Progressive Group Task: An Introduction

The group Testing Officer after finishing the indoor tasksleads the student towards resumption of Ground Task. The theoretical skills areat premium while dealing Group Discussion(GD) and Group Planning Exercise(GPE),whereas practical application starts at the onset of Group Task. Let us analyzethe essentials of Ground Task. Virtually, the Armed Forces want a mix bag ofstudents exhibiting intellectual, mental and physical skills to fit the slot inthe officer cadre. To check the practical intellect, coupled withresourcefulness, the student is exposed to Ground Task Progressively in thelearning as well as validating mode.                Tocheck the performance of students in different terrain configuration is a difficultissue, which is neither viable nor practical. To check the practical profile ofthe candidates, the task are designed in such a fashion that it can be tackledby each student. In Progressive Group Task, the first obstacle is simple tosecond, second is simple to third and virtually fourth obstacle is the mostdifficult to tackle. Two white lined are drawn predominantly 20 feet wayapproximately, and declare the area between these demarcations as electrifiedor out of bound. The structures are provided between these white lines whichare required to be tackled by candidates with the help of helping materialprovided to negotiate the obstacles.
These set of white lines arebasically parallel lines, and they meet at identify the structure are made ofwood/steel projection approximately four to six feet in height between thestart line and finish line. To help the students to perform, helping materialsis made available to students in form of planks, ballies, roped, etc. which canbe utilized for going over the structures. A cumbersome load is also requiredto be carried along with the group over the obstacles in same fashion in whichthe students cross over the structures.
                The GTOdescribes the structures, helping material, load, etc. to the students and makethem understand about the modalities of crossing over the obstacles andexplains the rules and procedures to be implemented at the time of negotiationthe obstacles. The structures are colored in distinct colors which has beendone to facilitate the instructor to increase/decrease the degree of difficultyin performing over the obstacles. Like we see, that white signifies peace andit is the most common color used over the structures, which can be used forcrossing by the group. Other pre-dominant color is red, which out of boundwhere used, or any portion of the structure depiction the red color should bedeclared out of bound to students. There is a common color blue/green/yellow,etc. which can be utilized by the students personally, without subjecting theload on top of the structure. Other common color which we see in thecountryside is black, which is basically used to avoid the structure beingeaten away by the ants and does not signify any relevance during conduct of thetask.
                                 Distance,upto four feet or less can be jumped across, but distance beyond four feet isrequired to be bridged, it means, you have to shorten the remainder distance and make up the short fall of thedistance by making extensions, etc. so that the ultimate distance is within thereach and easily get over the structures comfortably. Once the rule are clear,the GTO conduct the group over the set of four obstacles and gives elaboratebriefing, monitors and maintains progressivity over the task.      

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