Improved Tactical Engagement Simulation Training Techniques: Two Training Programs for the Conduct of After Action Reviews
Interim rept. for 1976-1978
HUMAN SCIENCES RESEARCH INC MCLEAN VA
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REALTRAIN exercises are designed to enable combat arms units to learn the art and science of modern warfare under conditions that simulate actual combat. REALTRAIN lets the members of a tactical unit test their abilities against an intelligent foe, thus sharpening their combat skills in a competitive situation. The After-Action Review AAR serves to reinforce and expand on what is learned during the exercise. It lets members of opposing units become more fully aware of how well they performed and helps them understand why individuals and teams can decrease unit effectiveness if they are not well-trained team members. Experience gained during a REALTRAIN exercise by itself does not guarantee learning. Learning also involves a soldiers ability to relate his own behavior to that of others in his unit and to the actions and reactions of the enemy. A well-executed AAR provides the opportunity for REALTRAIN participants to see the big picture of their units teamwork, including the way the enemy saw it. To lead an AAR, you must be thoroughly familiar with the concept of engagement simulation training REALTRAIN. In addition, two videotapes show how the AAR is conducted and have been distributed to Army units Introduction to REALTRAIN and The REALTRAIN After-Action Review.
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