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Army Releases "Every Soldier a Sensor" Training Tool

The Army Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence released “Every Soldier a Sensor” Simulation today Army-wide. The Self Directed Learning Internet Module, known as SLIM ES3, is a computer-based simulation designed to increase Soldiers’ battlefield situational awareness.

“The current objective for SLIM ES3 effort is to produce spiral software release that will be available via Army Knowledge Online based on Soldiers lessons learned from OIF/OEF,” said Maj. Raymond Compton, Director of Military Operations at the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Simulation and Training Technology Training Center. “The purpose is to ensure the effort remains relevant to training supporting Soldiers in tasks related to ‘Every Soldier is a Sensor.’”

The U.S. Army Research Development and Engineering Command’s Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith Simulation and Training Technology Center as well as The Institute for Creative Technologies developed a game based module to train Soldiers on the concept “Every Soldier is a Sensor”. The ES3 simulation uses state-of-the-art instructional development strategies to support a Soldier’s need to master a variety of competencies of “Every Soldier is a Sensor (ES2) and to apply them in unique situations.

The simulation immerses Soldiers into scenario-driven events to teach and evaluate a Soldier’s knowledge regarding the essential tactics, techniques and procedures required to successfully perform as a sensor on the ground. The Soldier navigates urban terrain populated with civilians, security personnel, NGO’s, insurgents, and Improvised Explosive Device seeking to detect threats of varying significance while attempting appropriate interaction with those they encounter.

Using patrol scenarios in an urban environment styled similar to locations in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, ES3 trains soldiers to actively scan and observe their environment for details related to Commanders’ Critical Information Requirements indicators and report or act in a concise and accurate manner.

U. S. Army Training and Doctrine Command began working on the means to improve Soldiers’observation and reporting skills immediately after the ES2 concept was articulated. Based on this guidance, TRADOC is conducting a pilot program using SLIM ES3 with the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, 1st Basic Combat Training Brigade under the guidance of Col. Jay W. Chambers Jr., Commander of 1st BCT.

"The Every Soldier a Sensor [SLIM-ES3] program is a vital part of the transformation of Basic Combat Training here at Fort Jackson, S.C.,” said Col. Jay W Chambers Jr. This tool provides our trainers the means to teach our soldiers the skills they need to be successful in the Contemporary Operating Environment. After completing a comprehensive pilot program in 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, our young warriors are demonstrating Improved awareness skills at every level during very demanding field training exercises. We are now postured to introduce the ES3 to a much wider population at Fort Jackson and potentially across the Training and Doctrine Command."

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