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Unlike Weaponeer or MACS, the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) can accommodate the simultaneous firing of up to 12 soldiers. Thus, it can provide both individual rifle marksmanship training and some squad-level collective training. The EST uses a combination of analog and digital video, synchronized image projection, laser hit detection, and microcomputer technology to display a variety of target arrays and courses of fire on an 8 ft high x 30 ft wide screen.38 Like the Weaponeer, the EST is considered to be a full-task trainer, simulating both recoil and

sound. A new version of the EST is currently being developed for the Army. It is called EST 2000 (ECC International, Corp.).

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An investigation of an early version of the EST concluded it could effectively support defensive tactical training if squads remain stationary.38 To further explore its potential role in U.S. Army National Guard training, ARI then examined the relationship between EST scores and annual rifle qualification scores.39 Using one group of soldiers whose EST scores and qualification scores were measured within a 24-hour period, a fairly close relationship was found between the two measures. The strength of this relationship enabled a tool to be developed that can predict qualification performance based on EST scores. This prediction tool is shown in Table 2.

Recently, software development efforts have greatly extended the scope of the prediction tool beyond the EST. It can now calculate predictions for any live-fire event based on scores from a number of different training devices. After downloading this software from www.ari.army.mil, trainers can now make local predictions for first-run live-fire events based on performance data they obtain from their own ranges and devices. ARI's prediction tool appears particularly useful for identifying those who are ready to qualify and those who aren't.

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Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) Configuration

TABLE 2

EST-Based Tool for Predicting Soldier Probability of Record Fire Quafification at the Marksman (>23), Sharpshooter (>30), and Expert (>36) Levels.

TABLE 2

EST-Based Tool for Predicting Soldier Probability of Record Fire Quafification at the Marksman (>23), Sharpshooter (>30), and Expert (>36) Levels.

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Laser Marksmanship Training System

Laser Marksmanship Training System

LMTS laser transmitter with attached mandrel.

LMTS laser transmitter with attached mandrel.

Recently, ARI has examined the potential role of the Laser Marksmanship Training System (LMTS) in providing rifle marksmanship sustainment training to U.S. Army Reserve units at their home stations.40 The major components of the LMTS are a laser transmitter, the mandrel to which the transmitter is attached, laser-sensitive targets, and a laptop computer. Unlike the Weaponeer, MACS, or ETS, soldiers use their assigned unit rifles with the LMTS. Each laser transmitter has two distinct modes of operation. In one mode, vibrations from a rifle's firing mechanism activate the transmitter when dry firing. A laser-sensitive target then provides shot location feedback. In another mode, the transmitter emits a continuous beam. Precise aiming point location feedback is then provided on a reflective version of the 25m zeroing target.

LMTS electronic target.

At the request of the Army's proponent for rifle marksmanship training (USAIS), ARI evaluated the effectiveness of LMTS for conducting preparatory marksmanship training in the BRM program at Fort Benning.40 The LMTS was found to be highly effective for this purpose. In addition, ARI has investigated the use of the LMTS in weapons zeroing and has recently examined the relationship between LMTS performance and live-fire qualification scores.4142

ARI's software tool for predicting live-fire scores from training device scores has been updated to include LMTS performance as a predictor. Due to indoor range closures and the long distances that must be traveled to use outdoor range facilities, the U. S. Army Reserve is hopeful LMTS training will prove to be an effective substitute for some live-fire training.

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ARI's software tool for predicting record fire scores from LMTS scores.

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