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    04/10/2009 When you're under extreme stress, your reaction time slows down.  ABC 2020

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Dec 29, 2012 at 12:05:13 PM PST

    •  doesn't it depend on if you have to make a (0+ / 0-)

      decision?  Watching a doc on contemporary military practices, it was stated a grunt's first duty is to react first and think later or in other words, depend on muscle memory in dicey situations

      •  The difference with soldiers (2+ / 0-)
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        is that they train extensively to do that. A good example is responding to an ambush: troops are trained how to respond immediately to an ambush without having to wait for someone to analyze the situation and issue orders.

        It's one of the reasons why parade drill is still used extensively. From an outside perspective, spending time on teaching soldiers how to move in formations that were designed for musket warfare seems absurd, but the practical reason for doing it is to get troops into the mindset of how to instantly respond to an order with a practiced set of movements.

        (It's also why sailors and air forces tend to be slackasses at parade drill, with members of air forces generally considered the slackest  - the types of combat they engage in doesn't depend on having groups needing to instantly respond to orders in the same way.)

        •  yep but that muscle memory is what is (0+ / 0-)

          operational for them; they don't have to think to react while a civilian confronted with an ambiguous situation has to do a "double take" before acting

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