|Story & photos by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
Cadre from Regional Training Center (RTC)-Central spent two days
training on new Ultimate Training Munitions (UTM) equipment that will
provide added realism to their premobilization training procedures at
A cadre member from Regional
Training Center-Central trains with the new Ultimate Training
Munitions system at Mobile Urban Training Site-North.
Master Sgt. Joseph Koeck of RTC-Central said organization cadre will
implement the training into their premobilization program as a
Eric Seto, a training manager for UTM, said the system is being fielded
to all the Army RTCs. The Close Combat Mission Capability Kit (CCMCK) is
used to convert weapons to train on close quarters, force-on-force
CCMCK is a multi-component training system that allows Soldiers to train
in realistic urban and close-combat mission scenarios. The system adds
no weight to the weapon, nor does it change aiming or firing
characteristics. Rounds are loaded into magazines or belts just like
real rounds, and the firer experiences actual recoil. Soldiers need not
wear cumbersome sensor arrays as with other training systems; a simple
protective mask and goggles are all that is required.
The training involves classroom training and then
demonstrations/simulations in a training area. UTMs use ammunition that
contains a type of cosmetic dye material, which leaves an impression on
the impact area.
“The training has some resemblance to paintball, but we are using our
own weapons,” Koeck said. “You can feel being ‘hit’ by the UTMs so you
know you have done something wrong, and you know what type of injury you
would have sustained. It provides immediate, accurate feedback on the
RTC-Central cadre practice
room-clearing techniques at Mobile Urban Training Site-North
using UTM-equipped weapons.
“You can do this anywhere you have a 10-yard range,” Seto said.
“The units can take it with them to home station or when they are being
mobilized/deployed to train on the fundamentals of close-quarters
combat. They can use it in all of their own weapons and at anytime,
unlike the use of other simulations or live-fire ammunition. They will
remember the muscle movements they make and be prepared to make them
when the situation arises.”
Koeck said the RTC-Central cadre appreciated training with the UTM
system because it introduces real-life scenarios into training and
allows personnel to actually see and experience the results of different
“Personnel would encounter many of the situations we trained on during
deployments,” he said. “The big thing is they’re using their own weapons
so they know how the weapons will react in different scenarios.”
RTC-Central soon will implement use of UTM simulations into its 21-day
premobilization training process for Army Reserve Soldiers, he said.