Engagement Simulation for Armored Cavalry: Initial Test
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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ARI developed the tactical engagement simulation training method known as REALTRAIN, which provides extremely realistic and motivating training for small combat arms units. This document describes the initial stages in developing REALTRAIN for armored cavalry units--specifically, to examine procedures for emphasizing reconnaissance functions in engagement-simulation exercises and for incorporating reconnaissance functions into the controller debrief and After Action Review. Also examined were controller procedures and the control system, and the effectiveness of weapons effects and signature simulators for armored cavalry weapons. Procedures and techniques were devised and refined for a training controller personnel b assessing casualties in desert terrain, using optical devices and map coordinate information c encouraging appropriate information-gathering and -reporting behaviors in reconnaissance missions d employing mortar elements e delivering indirect fire simulators by helicopter f simulating effects and signatures of organic weapon systems g collecting training data for use by senior controllers in After Action Reviews and h preparing exercise sketches and narratives for training and research purposes.
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