Sentinel & Enterprise, Posted: 04/20/2014 06:53:01 AM EDT
By: Grant Welker
DEVENS — If there’s little that can prepare someone for the rigors of military boot camp, at least there’s training exercises like the one held each year at Fort Devens.
For many Future Soldiers, those who’ve committed to joining the Army but have yet to reach basic training, it’s a crash course in team-building and physical tests like climbing walls, traversing rope bridges and tossing fake grenades.
“For some of them, it’s the first time they’ll see obstacles they’ll face in basic training,” said Maj. Thomas Flook, the officer in charge of the training Saturday. “This is all about getting to the right mindframe.”