Training Capability Data for Dismounted Soldier Training System
Final research rept. 19 Jan 2012-18 Aug 2013
ARMY RESEARCH INST FOR THE BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES FORT BELVOIR VA
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The U.S. Army recently fielded a dismounted infantry simulator to train small-unit tactical skills and to link small-unit simulation training with combined arms simulation. The Dismounted Soldier Training System DSTS is intended to enhance training, replicate battlefield conditions, balance resources, and sustain readiness. In order to determine the extent to which Dismounted Infantry simulation in general and DSTS in specific provides realistic and useful training, the U.S. Army conducted two performance-capabilities experiments in the summer and fall of 2012. The purpose of the current research was to document the training capabilities of DSTS at this point in time. The results across the two experiments could be classified as mixed at best. Performance capabilities were mostly classified as acceptable for training. However, there was a lower sense of operational realism and a lower sense of training preparation in DSTS compared to live training. The discrepancy in results emphasized the high level of familiarity required to obtain training benefit from DSTS. More than 8 hours of structured familiarization training were required before Soldiers were comfortable enough with DSTS to effectively execute training. However, the DSTS after action review capabilities were universally perceived as providing a positive impact on training.
- Personnel Management and Labor Relations
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