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In adventurous or dangerous activities, where the buddies are often equals, the main benefit of the system is improved safety; each may be able to prevent the other becoming a casualty or rescue the other in a crisis.
When this system is used as part of training or the induction of newcomers to an organization, the less experienced buddy learns more quickly from close and frequent contact with the experienced buddy than when operating alone.
The buddy system is used in the United States Armed Forces, and referred to by various names in each branch ("Wingmen" in the Air Force, "Battle Buddies" in the Army, "Shipmates" in the Navy), as well as The Boy Scouts of America.
The buddy system is also informally used by school-aged children, especially on field trips. Assigning each student a buddy provides an extra measure of safety and removes some of the burden of keeping an eye on a large number of children in an unfamiliar environment from the supervising adults.
In popular culture
- The video game, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, uses the buddy system procedure for its RBG PvP system to ensure each player is watching out for another player.
- "What is the buddy system?". FAQs. Boy Scouts of America. Retrieved 9 June 2011.
- "Buddy System in Swimming, Boating, Rappelling and other activities. Boy Scouts of America". Retrieved 10 October 2011.
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