By Rob Schuette, Triad Staff
Military personnel who need training on Multiple Integrated
Laser Engagement System (MILES) equipment can get instruction at the
Fort McCoy Training Support Section.
Kenny Shivler (left), DPTMS MILES
instructor, shows MILES equipment to Sgt. 1st Class Max Prosser
of the Recruiting and Retention Command at
(Photo by Rob Schuette)
Kenny Shivler of the Directorate of Plans, Training,
Mobilization and Security (DPTMS) at Fort McCoy said the
familiarization training is presented in a four-hour block. Shivler
and John Braman are the primary instructors. The training includes
three videos, a classroom presentation and a question-and-answer
session. The course length can be altered to fit the needs and
experience of the Soldiers, he said.
"If the personnel have never used it, we'll get the
equipment out and let them use a hands-on approach to get familiar
with the it," Shivler said.
MILES is a force-on-force training system used by both
dismounted infantry and mobile weapon crews to increase combat
readiness and fighting effectiveness.
The system uses laser light in the form of pulses to transmit
weapon information to a target. Information contained in the pulses
includes player identification and type of weapon used. The target
entity processes the information to produce a casualty. Basic MILES
simulates the firing and effects of actual weapons systems. Among the
simulated weapons available are anti-armor weapons, machine guns and
The system also can simulate the M1 Abrams tank, Bradley
infantry fighting vehicle, M113 armored personnel carrier, wheeled
vehicles and other nonshooting targets.
"MILES is an excellent tool to use for simulated combat
engagements," Shivler said. "It's as close as you can get to
the real thing."
Sgt. 1st Class Max Prosser of the Recruiting and Retention
Command at Camp Grayling, Mich., took a recent course in MILES
His unit is in charge of a Regional Support Battalion, which
trains new Soldiers. Prosser said the Soldiers often are personnel who
will take basic training and then have a time lapse before they attend
advanced individual training.
"This system is better than what our Soldiers are using
now, so it should be a good training aid," he said.
Military personnel can make reservations to take the course at
Fort McCoy by calling (608) 388-4142 or visiting the DPTMS Scheduling
Section in building 2113.
Reservations also can be accomplished by
using the RFMSS (Range Facility Management Support System),
which is available through the Scheduling Section. The classes are
scheduled every other Tuesday, Shivler said.