In BRM, the Weaponeer is used early in the program to evaluate firer's ability to apply the four fundamentals. It is used throughout the program to help diagnose and remediate problems. In the unit, the Weaponeer should be used much like it is used in BRM. Concurrent use of the Weaponeer at the rifle range provides valuable remedial training.
The preferred training configuration for the Weaponeer is shown in Figure C-14.
One trainer operates the system while three to six soldiers observe the training. Soldiers should rotate, each receiving several short turns on the system. Where high throughput is required, consolidation of available Weaponeers may be considered.
When training soldiers on the Weaponeer:
• Proceed at a relaxed pace, and emphasize accuracy before speed.
• If possible, train with small groups, allowing each soldier several 10- to 15-minute turns on the device.
• For remedial training, try to relax the soldier; a nervous soldier will have trouble learning and gaining confidence in his marksmanship skills. For sustainment training, encourage competition between individuals or units.
In Figure C-15, five soldiers are being trained. One is firing and four are observing, awaiting their turns on the device. The video screen is carefully positioned just outside the vision of the firer, but the firer can easily turn his head to see replays and hit points. The position of the trainer is also important so he can see both the firer and video screen. This is a good position for detecting and correcting firing faults. When the firer is in the standing supported firing position, the console should be placed on a table so the trainer can see the video screen above the firer's rifle. (Figure C-16.) Observers can see the targets, firer, and video screen to help them perform during their turn. Observers learn procedures that speed up training and help avoid firing faults.
Figure C-15. Weaponeer training configuration.
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