Be All That You Can Be in A Script: An Army Training Video

This week my fellow classmates and I were tasked with creating a paper-edit script based off of an interview with the lovely Captains Y and Z. The guidelines stated that it had to be between 2-3 minutes in length and touch upon the following content points:

  1. Soldiers often pride themselves on their ability to take care of problems on their own. But it doesn’t always work.
  2. That’s when the leader needs to step in. Being a leader means caring for other soldiers, being aware of the stresses they’re under, and doing something about it.
  3. Families are a soldier’s best support. But when there’s a problem in the family, the soldier’s work is going to suffer, and the unit may suffer as a result.
  4. An Army unit is a very special thing. It’s like a family.

This was quite the challenge as this week did not lend well to creative thinking. Below is the script I created. Tell me what you think in the comments below!

Video                   Audio
1. CU of soldier buttoning uniform and lacing his boots, as if to head off to battle. [Faint chants]
Captain Y Voiceover: Once you put this uniform on, you’re part of a family. It’s taking care of each other, leaving no man behind.
2. WS of Captains Y and Z outside, in front of a rope wall that two soldiers are climbing side-by-side during an obstacle course at PT. Soldier One is succeeding; Solider Two is struggling and looks distracted. When Solider One gets to the top, he offers a hand but Solider Two will not accept it. He continues to struggle with and closes his eyes. Screen goes to black.

All are in combat uniform.

[Grunting, sounds of a group running]

Captain Z: And that saying, leave no man behind, doesn’t just refer to the battlefield. It’s just as much when you’re at home station and your soldier needs help. You just don’t leave him out there on his own. You bring him in and take care of him.

But sometimes that’s easier said than done.


Captain Z: There’s a stereotype that if you’re in the Army, you don’t ask for help.

3. CU of Captain Y outside with a unit of soldiers marching behind him. [Crescendo heartbeat meshing with marching]

Captain Y: Soldiers are the heartbeat; they’re the pulse and the tempo of that unit. And if that tends to skip a beat it’s going to show. Keeping that team healthy is most important.

4. CU of Captain Z outside with a unit of soldiers marching behind him. [Sounds of marching]

Captain Z: You’ve got to keep them both mentally and physically healthy. And the physical part is usually the easiest. It’s the mental part — breaking through that barrier of, “I’m a man. I’m in the Army. I don’t need help,” that’s the toughest.

5. WS: Solider Two is falling behind in a different obstacle on the outside course during PT, causing his team to fall behind. He is once again not able to focus. [Grunting, sounds crawling, cheering]

Captain Y: If one soldier is hurting, his friends are going to know about it. His friends are going to suffer from it. It’s going to bring down morale. So you want to open up all avenues to help every soldier possible.

6. WS: Soldier Two approaches Captains Y and Z after PT with a serious, somewhat scared/ashamed expression. Captain Y pats him on the back and walks away from the unit to get some privacy under at tree in the distance. [Sounds of soldiers high-fiving, finishing obstacle course/PT]
Captain Z: You’ve got to keep communication open. You don’t always have to talk to them from a Commander to a subordinate standpoint. Talk to them man-to-man, you learn a lot from your soldiers when you do that.
7. CU of Captain Y talking with Soldier Two. Both begin to smile. Captain Y: Soldiers need to see that you’re human. I may be a Commander but I’m a man, I’m a husband, I’m a father and I’ve made my share of mistakes and shortcomings. Somebody was always there to help me.
8. MS of Captains Y and Z outside in front of PT obstacle course.

In the background blurred soldiers are doing cool-down exercises together, helping each other do sit-ups, etc.

Captain Z: As Commanders, it’s important that we recognize soldiers that need help and let them know it’s okay to come forward and ask for the help that the Army can provide them.

Captain Y: As Captains in the U.S. Army, you have to know what your charge is, you don’t just feed, you don’t just listen; you nurture. You’re going to nurture the philosophy of helping each other. You’re going to nurture the philosophy of teamwork.

9. CU Captain Z outside in front of PT obstacle course. Captain Z: Our unit is a family. And when one of them is in trouble, we all come to their aid. That’s how we make sure everybody is taken care of. I’ve never seen a unit come together more than when a soldier or a soldier’s family needs help.


10. CU Captain Y outside in front of PT obstacle course. [Faint sound of rustling leavings, birds chirping]

Captain Y: Not everybody has a problem, but everybody can always use some help, whether it’s personal, professional. It’s only going to make you that much better as a leader.


11. Black Screen with Army Logo. Voiceover: Army slogan: “Be all that you can be”

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