U.S. Tank Platoon Training for the 1987 Canadian Army Trophy (CAT) competition Using a Simulation Networking (SIMNET) System
Final rept. Apr-Oct 1987
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ALEXANDRIA VA
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Three U.S. Armor companies, nine tank platoons, participated in the 1987 Canadian Army Trophy CAT competition. Each tank platoon trained using a Simulation Networking SIMNET system in addition to other conventional methods to prepare for CAT. This report presents a the conduct and effects of SIMNET training, based on direct observation and interviews b the results of CAT competition for U.S. units and c the potential relationships between CAT results and SIMNET training combined with other unit training. Findings suggest that SIMNET training may have helped unit leaders develop the command, control, and communication C3 skills to effectively execute those plans during platoon battle runs. Other major contributing factors to CAT outcomes were conducting live fire battle runs and tank crew gunnery training on the M1 Unit Conduct of Fire Trainer UCOFT. The most apparent shortcoming in the SIMNET system that may have interfered with effective CAT training was in the simulation of the M1 tanks fire control system. Also, drivers had some temporary difficulties in using fine control skills and maneuvering platoon formations.
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