Training is indispensable for military units. It’s also expensive. The costs of ammunition and fuel add up. Also, wear and tear shorten the lifespan of vehicles and weapons systems.
As the Pentagon scales back amid looming budget cuts, a more flexible and technologically advanced force is necessary. Some trainers say improved virtual systems, better games and larger simulations, as opposed to training centers, will play a greater role in preparing soldiers for future battles.
U.S. military is rolling out a first-of-its-kind virtual reality system for soldiers, heralding a new era of squad training that will cut costs while molding a modern fighting force.