Originally Posted by towboater
Depends on how ya look at it. I see supporting your teammates, and killing the enemy as a great way to keep from being killed.
My reply to your statement was a bit abrupt and I apologize. Every member of a fireteam has a task in support of the whole, a sector of fire or responsibility, a particular weapon to bring to bear, an area of domination--Team Leader, Rifleman, Automatic Rifleman, Grenadier--and this is true whether assaulting, defending, reacting to ambush, setting ambush, entering a building, room clearing, stairwell and hallway movement, breaking contact, patrols, etc. Urban, jungle, desert, mountain, whatever the terrain, you are tasked and your task is your priority. This is why we have battle drills, and this is why teamwork is stressed from the get-go; so when the SHTF the training kicks in and you are able to perform your task, support your teamates without giving too much thought to saving your own skin. Ultimately, most warfighters are motivated by not wanting to let their buddies down and that is probably the most powerful incentive to overriding fear.