Cadets experince Army’s use of modern technology to train Soldiers
By Cadet Pieerce Evangelista
The 2014 CULP Korea team two Cadets traveled to Camp Casey to conduct training on June 24 in order to experience the Warrior Mission Planning and Rehearsal Complex (WMPRC). Cadets were exposed to the Close Combat Tactical Trainer (CCTT) and the Virtual Battle Simulator 3 (VBS3). Cadets got to experience the dismounted Soldier scenario, the M1A2 Tank scenario, and After Action Review (AAR).
The dismounted Soldier scenario utilized state of the art equipment in order to provide a virtual training dimension for Soldiers to enhance their Soldier skills. The dismounted Soldier scenario included instruction by Mr. Lavero on calibrating body sensors, simulation weapons, and aiming poses. Next, Cadets were taught to assemble gear and trained on maneuvering units through obstacle courses and Situational Training Exercises (STX). The type of weapon systems included in the training were the M4 rifle, M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW), and the M320 grenade launcher.
The M1A2 Tank simulator Cadets were familiarized by Mr. Creasy on the M1A2 cockpit and the crew station. Cadets experienced how to load rounds, operate turrets, and lase targets while leading as a driver, gunner, or commander. Cadets discovered the importance of communication and team work in order to load rounds, lase targets, and navigate from one point to another. In addition, the Cadets were able to utilize the AAR room in order to see the reviews on missions. Commanders and executive officers are able to over-watch soldiers in order to improve procedures and rehearsals for follow on operations. Cadets were educated on the benefits of the system and taught how to use the full potential of the system.
The last event included the use of the VBS3 system in order to familiarize Soldiers in accomplishing complex missions in a virtual world. Cadets received a basic tutorial on operating avatars, virtual land navigation, and utilizing multiple weapon systems. Cadets had the opportunity to operate in the virtual terrain of Korea and conduct a raid on a virtual nuclear power plant.
In conclusion, the Army is developing innovative ways to train Soldiers utilizing the growth of technology. These technological advanced trainers allow Aoldiers to experience a different training environment that relates to real life missions.