FORT BLISS, Texas — At 40 feet in the air on a wooden rappel tower, the mind can play tricks. Legs begin to tremble and the ground begins to spin. The instructor tells the Boy Scout to take three deep breaths and then prepare to jump.
Butterflies swirl in the stomach and his hands clasp tightly to a single strand of rope, the only thing between him and the distant floor below. Although it was frightening, these conditions would be similar if he had to save someone’s life.