Soldiers from the US Louisiana Army National Guard have completed training on new virtual simulation training system Engagement Skills Trainer II (EST II) at Camp Beauregard in Pineville.
The new virtual trainer allows soldiers to hone their marksmanship skills related to the basic fundamentals and collective and escalation of force training.
Louisiana and Mississippi senior training aids, devices, simulators and simulations instructor Mark Lamb said: “The National Guard doesn’t have much time on their drill weekends when it comes to training.
“The EST II allows them to work with the soldiers and not have to pay for extra rounds of ammunition they may need if a soldier is struggling on a range.”
Prior to going to a live-fire range, soldiers can train on the EST II to improve weapons qualifications and practice reflexive fire, nuclear, biological and chemical fire operations, and night fire operations.
The EST II trainer also allows the troops to upload maps from different locations, and change weather conditions during the simulation to suit their requirements.
When compared to the old EST 2000 trainer, the EST II system features new coaching tools to review performance, authoring programme, and a Virtual Battlespace 3 collective training feature.
The new system allows to design a tactical scenario or a particular training environment, as well as execute simulated scenarios such as ambushes, react to contact, patrols or search for improvised explosive devices.
2228th Military Police Company sergeant Mark Breaux said: “The EST II benefits the soldiers by giving them a more relaxed training environment to improve their marksmanship skills.
“Soldiers still get the full effect of being on a range, but they can have more one-on-one coaching in here.”