Ten Technologies: A Brief Look at Military Evolution — Training Simulators

By Carla Voorhees,
Defense Media Activity

This is the eighth in a series of 10 technologies integral to the United States military since World War I.

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, confront avatars, or virtual humans, while clearing a room at the Office of Naval Research Infantry Immersion Trainer (IIT) located at the I Marine Expeditionary Force Battle Simulation Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 19, 2008. The IIT utilizes a mixture of real and advanced virtual technologies that are leading to advances in Marine Corps training and combat readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, confront avatars, or virtual humans, while clearing a room at the Office of Naval Research Infantry Immersion Trainer (IIT) located at the I Marine Expeditionary Force Battle Simulation Center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., Feb. 19, 2008. The IIT utilizes a mixture of real and advanced virtual technologies that are leading to advances in Marine Corps training and combat readiness. (U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams/Released)

Training simulators can act as a dress rehearsal for critical skills prior to deployment.

The military uses many kinds of training simulators, ranging from the helicopter and aircraft simulators developed by the U.S. Air Force, to the maintenance trainers developed by the U.S. Army, to the I Marine Expeditionary Force’s Battle Simulation Center featuring the Office of Naval Research’s Infantry Immersion Trainer at Camp Pendelton, CA.

More specifically, the Infantry Immersion Trainer is a 32,000-square foot facility that uses virtual reality to recreate urban scenes to give troops the necessary skills to navigate a battle overseas. Using weaponry modified to work like laser-tag and paint-ball, Marines navigate through realistic houses, alleys, and other structures, and interact with avatars representing civilians and enemy combatants.

The training system, which debuted in 2007, equips infantry troops with a similar tool set already afforded to aviators and tank commanders. They can practice combat missions and interact with avatars and background actors to work on language skills.

Sources:

ONR Fact Sheet – Infantry Immersion Trainer
U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, & Instrumentation
ONR Hosts Training Simulator Demonstration
ONR’s Infantry Immersion Trainer Prepares Marines in a Virtual Environment

 

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About Carla Voorhees

Carla Voorhees has always been interested in science, from the time she grew string beans under varying conditions for the science fair (3rd grade) to the time she took every math and science class she could during high school. As her path during college and beyond took her somewhat away from the hard sciences, she is thrilled to be a part of the Armed With Science team. Carla holds a B.S. in Electronic Media, Arts, and Communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (2007), and an M.B.A. in Design Strategy from the California College of the Arts (2010). She works as a Web Strategist at DOD Public Web.
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    Simulators are really important for training, and it’s good to see there are ones even for infantry. They are the training that is closest to reality without the possibility of injury.

    Nadav

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    Simulator training system with the proper training to be applied before goingspaciousness.

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    Simulator training system with the proper training to be applied before goingspaciousness.

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    This is amazing technology when applied in the whole world