Use or Weaponeer Marksmanship Trainer in Predicting M16A1 Rifle Qualification Performance
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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This research was conducted to determine if Weaponeer, an M16A1 rifle marksmanship trainer, can be used to predict soldier annual rifle qualification, or record fire, performance and to examine Weaponeers training effectiveness. In experiment 1, 69 initial entry soldiers were divided into three equal groups, varying according to Weaponeer target scenario difficulty. Each soldier was tested twice on a scenario prior to firing record fire. All firing on Weaponeer was done from the foxhole supported position firing during record fire was done from both the foxhole supported and prone unsupported positions. Weaponeer performance under the most difficult scenario appeared the best predictor of record fire performance. Predictions improved when later shots and firing position were considered on the device. Experiment 2 sought to confirm and extend the results of Experiment 1. Subjects were 244 permanent party troops divided into five groups. Experimental groups varied according to amount and type firing position of training on Weaponeer prior to firing the test scenario and record fire. The control group did not fire on Weaponeer, only firing record fire. Results indicated that Weaponeer can be used to predict M16A1 rifle record fire performance as long as training is not provided immediately in advance of testing on Weaponeer. Keywords Proficiency assessment M16A1 rifle training Training device Device Operational Readiness Assessment Capability DORAC Device Performance Assessment Capability DPAC.
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