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Progressive Group Task: An Introduction

The group Testing Officer after finishing the indoor tasks leads the student towards resumption of Ground Task. The theoretical skills are at premium while dealing Group Discussion(GD) and Group Planning Exercise(GPE), whereas practical application starts at the onset of Group Task. Let us analyze the essentials of Ground Task. Virtually, the Armed Forces want a mix bag of students exhibiting intellectual, mental and physical skills to fit the slot in the officer cadre. To check the practical intellect, coupled with resourcefulness, the student is exposed to Ground Task Progressively in the learning as well as validating mode.
                To check the performance of students in different terrain configuration is a difficult issue, which is neither viable nor practical. To check the practical profile of the candidates, the task are designed in such a fashion that it can be tackled by each student. In Progressive Group Task, the first obstacle is simple to second, second is simple to third and virtually fourth obstacle is the most difficult to tackle. Two white lined are drawn predominantly 20 feet way approximately, and declare the area between these demarcations as electrified or out of bound. The structures are provided between these white lines which are required to be tackled by candidates with the help of helping material provided to negotiate the obstacles.

These set of white lines are basically parallel lines, and they meet at identify the structure are made of wood/steel projection approximately four to six feet in height between the start line and finish line. To help the students to perform, helping materials is made available to students in form of planks, ballies, roped, etc. which can be utilized for going over the structures. A cumbersome load is also required to be carried along with the group over the obstacles in same fashion in which the students cross over the structures.

                The GTO describes the structures, helping material, load, etc. to the students and make them understand about the modalities of crossing over the obstacles and explains the rules and procedures to be implemented at the time of negotiation the obstacles. The structures are colored in distinct colors which has been done to facilitate the instructor to increase/decrease the degree of difficulty in performing over the obstacles. Like we see, that white signifies peace and it is the most common color used over the structures, which can be used for crossing by the group. Other pre-dominant color is red, which out of bound where used, or any portion of the structure depiction the red color should be declared out of bound to students. There is a common color blue/green/yellow, etc. which can be utilized by the students personally, without subjecting the load on top of the structure. Other common color which we see in the countryside is black, which is basically used to avoid the structure being eaten away by the ants and does not signify any relevance during conduct of the task.

                  Distance, upto four feet or less can be jumped across, but distance beyond four feet is required to be bridged, it means, you  have to shorten the remainder distance and make up the short fall of the distance by making extensions, etc. so that the ultimate distance is within the reach 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 elaborate briefing, monitors and maintains progressivity over the task.      

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