How do Soldiers stay ready while maintaining social distancing? For the Tankers of D Troop, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, you turn to online gaming.
Simulations and gaming are nothing new to training in the Army. Tank crews train in multiple virtual environments including using the Close Combat Tactical Trainer and Advanced Gunnery Training Systems. But with the current pandemic, leaders had to find inventive ways to train their Soldiers. (…)
The leaders got together and looked at the various options available and after testing a few determined which games met their needs and gave them the best chance to train and maintain readiness.
“We are able use the game as a teaching tool for each crew member,” said Staff Sgt. Tommy Huynh, a section leader in 3rd platoon. (…)
“It’s great, we get a lot of questions and feedback,” said Huynh. “I’m not sure if it is because of the distributed nature of it or if it is because they are seeing things from a different perspective, but my Soldiers are speaking up and sharing their thoughts and ideas.”
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Photo © A screen capture of an online video game that Troopers from D Troop, 6th Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team,1st Cavalry Division is using to help maintain readiness while protecting the force. The Troop uses it to train on tactics, maneuver and communications, Capt. Scott Kuhn, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, April 28th, 2020, as published in ibid