Reducing Support Requirements For Training

Date 03.07.2017

Placeholder

Written by Chris Spence

In order for training to be conducted, you (the trainer) must set the conditions for that training to take place.  When conducting firearms training, the two most important conditions are ammunition and a range or training area.  Without these two key components, firearms training is reduced to either dime and washer drills or cleaning.

When the conditions are met to conduct firearms training, there are a number of often overlooked or dismissed tasks that are required to support training.  (This list is not intended to be inclusive for all firearms training.)

  • Arms Room Support – Weapons Draw
  • Transportation to and from the range or training area
  • Pick up or Delivery of Ammunition to the range or training area
  • Range Set Up
  • Range Inspection Prior to Opening from Range Control
  • Range Clean Up
  • Range Inspection Prior to Closing from Range Control
  • Weapons Cleaning
  • Arms Room Support – Weapons Return
  • Turn in Spent Brass and Dunnage

Each of the above tasks, steals time.  Every person looks at time in their own perspective, but most trainers look at these support tasks as thieves that are stealing from them, since the amount of real training time is diminished as every new support task is added.

Let’s look at a comparison to see how much time can actually be wasted following traditional training protocols with existing tactical training systems, in comparison with UNIT Solutions’ new TTS4.

 

Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT)/Close Quarter Battle (CQB) Training

Blank/Simunition/UTM/Live

TTS-4

Time

Event

Process

Time

Event

Process

0700

Ammo Draw

Depart for ASP, Hazmat Qualified, Vehicle Inspected and Marked

0700

Draw Weapons and Ammo

Weapons and Ammo Are Drawn from the Team Room, Load Trucks

0800-0830

Weapons Draw

Pick Up Weapons from Arms Room

0730

Depart for Range

Move to Range as a Team

0830

Main Body Departs for Range

Movement to Range in Military Vehicles

0800-0830

Occupy Range

Set Up Targets, Occupy Range with Range Control, Safety Brief

0900-0930

Set Up Range

Set Up Targets, Establish Comms, Occupy Range, Safety Brief

0830-1200

Conduct Training

Teams Conduct Establish Training Drills

0930-1000

Ammo Arrives

Set Up Ammo Point, call Range Control

1000-1030

Range Control Arrives

Range Control Inspects Range, Clears Range for training

1030-1200

Conduct Training

Teams Conducts Established Training Drills

1200-1300

Lunch/Reset

 

1200-1300

Lunch/Reset

 

1300-1530

Conduct Training

Teams Continues to Conduct Established Training Drills

1300-1600

Conduct Training

Teams Continues to Conduct Established Training Drills

1530-1600

Clean Range

Pick up Brass and Clean Range

1600-1630

Clean/Close Range

Clean and Close Range with Range Control

1600-1630

Call Range Control

Range Control Inspects and Clears Range, Closes Range

1630

Return to Unit

Team Returns Together

1630-UTC

Ammo Team Departs to ASP

Return Unused Ammo, Weight Expended Brass, Turn in Dunnage

1700-1730

Clean Weapons

Clean and Account for Weapons, Return Weapons and Ammo to Team Locker

1630

Main Body Departs

Return to Arms Room

1730

Training Complete

Personnel Return Home

1700-1730

Clean Weapons

Weapons are Cleaned Accounted for and Returned to the Arms Room

1730

Training Complete

Personnel Return Home

Total Hrs Spent Setting Up and Conducting Training – 10.5 hours

Total Hrs Spent Setting Up and Conducting Training – 10.5 hours

Hours Spent Supporting the Execution of Training – 6.5 hours

Hours Spent Supporting the Execution of Training – 4 hours

Hours Spent Actually Conducting Training – 4 hours

Hours Spent Actually Conducting Training – 6.5 hours

As the comparison shows, training with currently available equipment, 6.5 hours of a typical 10.5 hour training day are spent supporting training.  In other words, more than half of your training time is spent doing other tasks besides training.

UNIT Solutions is attempting to return that stolen time back to the trainer.  Our proprietary system changes the current landscape of engagement training.  By using non-lethal rounds and an air-powered propulsion system, training can be conducted without the constraints of established regulations.  Currently ammunition must be forecasted and stored in a secure facility.  TTS4 marking and non-marking projectiles do not contain a primer or gun-powder, and therefore can be stored anywhere, removing long waits at the ammunition supply point.  The TTS4 rifle (Pending ATF certification as a non-weapon) does not have to be stored in an arms room and can be stored with the projectiles.  At the end of training with the TTS4, everything is returned to either the supply or team rooms.  Range cleanup is reduced, because spent brass does not have be picked up and returned to the ammunition supply point, where it is weighed, to confirm the ammunition was actually expended.  With the elimination of time consuming support tasks, more time is available to focus on target engagement, which, in the end, allows today’s warfighter or police officers to become more effective.

Train More. Spend Less. Anytime. Anywhere. UNIT Solutions’ TTS4 is your answer for today’s training needs.

______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Christopher Spence works in Business Development for UNIT Solutions. Previously, he served for 25 years in the U.S. Army, including 17 years with the United States Army Special Forces.