Leaders need to be hard on their soldiers. My first squad leader was extremely hard on me. He set a standard that I could never attain. As an RTO, he made me carry everything and then wonder why I struggled to keep up. He never let me rest in the field and he made my life hell in the rear. After he left, I came to the realization that he made me into a pretty good soldier. At the time, forward observers were in short supply and I did not get an RTO. I was use to carrying everything and I performed my job with ease.