..."It's designed to open levels of communications between the soldiers, to build relationships," Santos said. "When we're at work, we're often seen as unapproachable by the men. This is to let them know who we really are, to give them somebody to talk to. A lot of soldiers need that."
_To encourage mentoring, Santos and his peers paired with lesser-ranked soldiers. Together they shot clay targets their first afternoon at the ranch and shared rooms for two nights.