Training effectiveness study of simulator usage and its impact on live Fire Armor Gunnery
Wagner, Denis M. Jr.
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It is mandatory for tank commanders and gunners to train in the Advanced Gunnery Training System (AGTS), but the effectiveness of conducting this training is unclear. Although anecdotal evidence suggests that training transfer may be occurring, previous research could not definitively prove that training transfer is occurring between the simulator and the performance during live fire gunnery qualification. The purpose of this study was to assess whether there was a correlation between performance in the AGTS and modified live fire gunnery. Sixty-five participants from the Army Armor School volunteered for this study. Data was collected on their AGTS and live fire performance. Results indicated there was no significant correlation between performance in the AGTS and on the modified live fire gunnery. Exploratory analyses showed those who had completed the AGTS Gate to Live Fire performed better on the modified live fire gunnery than those who had not completed the AGTS training. This result suggests that training transfer may be occurring. Given that specific metrics are identified and incorporated into the AGTS, there is strong potential for simulation training to allow individuals to attain a higher level of proficiency than would be attained by just live training.
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