personnel looking for an extra edge or hoping to refine their
weapon-firing skills now have the option of going through the
Wisconsin Military Academy (WMA) Simulation Center at Fort McCoy for
Soldiers train on the M-4
simulation setup at the Wisconsin Military Academy. (Photo
by Rob Schuette)
1st Class Josh Koch, a simulation specialist for the WMA, said the WMA
recently procured a wireless M-4 weapon capability. The M-4s are like
M-16s, but they have adjustable stocks and are better suited for use
in close-quarters combat.
are fast becoming the weapons of choice for deployed Soldiers,"
Koch said. "The M-4s fit better in their vehicles as well."
also has many other simulation weapon systems, called the Fire Arms
Training System (FATS), that can be used to train troops. Koch said
these include M-9 pistols, the M-249 machine gun (which is the same
caliber as the M-4), the AT-4 rocket launcher, the M-16 with an M-203
grenade launcher and M-16s.
in-house, Simulation Center firing has several advantages over going
to the field to fire, including the fact it doesn’t use bullets and
is located in the cantonment area, he said.
takes out all the weather factors, such as wind, bad weather such as
rain and snow, and other environmental factors and lets personnel
concentrate on the basics of firing the weapons so they become
proficient in basic rifle marksmanship," Koch said.
"Personnel firing the weapons are required to wear the same
uniforms and equipment they would if they were firing in the
weapon allows personnel to sight-in the weapon, and qualify on the WMA
simulated ranges, he said. Koch said a computerized system is used to
tabulate the scoring and helps personnel improve their shooting. The
system ideally is used to prepare troops for live-fire training, he
addition to zeroing and qualifying, the system presents realistic,
in-theater scenarios where troops can see and engage ‘enemy’
forces and fire to hit specific targets or objectives. Koch said the
FATS system also can be used to provide collective group-firing
Military personnel zero or
sight-in wireless, simulated M-4 rifles before simulation firing
at the Wisconsin Military Academy.
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
WMA Simulation Center is used to train in-house academy courses first,
Koch said. Deployable troops are followed by National Guard/Army
Reserve Soldiers in priority.
that are interested in using the system are advised to reserve it
before coming to Fort McCoy.
it takes is a phone call. Callers must provide the number of troops to
participate in the training and a point of contact.
said this information will be taken, assimilated into the WMA calendar
and a time and date will be set up.
more information about the FATS system, contact Koch at (608)
also has a number of other training scenarios available in its
Simulation Center. These include field artillery-related training and
general information about the WMA, visit the Fort McCoy Extranet site,
which is available through the public Web site at http://www.mccoy.army.mil,
or call WMA at (608) 388-9900.