Soldiers on (Virtual) Patrol

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This is not a drill. In fact, it’s a virtual drill. You’re looking at soldiers from the 35th Engineer Brigade of the Missouri National Guard as they use a VR training tool known as the Dismounted Soldier Training System.

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The system uses motion tracking to allow soldiers to train in a simulated deployed environment, performing simulated foot patrols and clearing buildings in virtual surroundings. It might look a bit silly from here, but it’s an incredibly affordable way to train soldiers in all kinds of envrironments—without them having to leave their military base.

[Missouri National Guard via Engadget]

Images by U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Samantha J. Whitehead

Illustration for article titled Soldiers on (Virtual) Patrol
Illustration for article titled Soldiers on (Virtual) Patrol
Illustration for article titled Soldiers on (Virtual) Patrol
Illustration for article titled Soldiers on (Virtual) Patrol
Illustration for article titled Soldiers on (Virtual) Patrol
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DISCUSSION

AirborneTrooper
AirborneTrooper

Here’s my issue with this... They are National Guard so they already get limited amount of time to properly train. They do regular basic training and AIT to learn their Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) just like Active Duty does but then they get sent to their guard units. 1 weekend a month and two weeks in the Summer... that’s all they get for the most part with a few exceptions. While I served with the 82nd Airborne Division, we basically lived in the field doing training exercises to prepare for deployments and different airborne operations. This is a very cool system but I don’t think it should replace real world training but maybe supplement when there is down time. These soldiers need and deserve to get real training from experienced leaders.