Virtual Combat Training Center

A simulation without a tutor is like a CTC without an O/C.

V-CTC's After-Action Review

The steps in V-CTC's AAR are patterned after those used at NTC. Each step below is illustrated with a screenshot or flash screencam demo from the AAR taken from one run of Death Valley Attack.

Steps in the AAR

  1. What Happened

    In the first section V-CTC Reviews what happened in the mission.
    1. Objectives for the mission - A plain English description of the key assets and objectives of the friendly and enemy forces is presented in a simple table form.
    2. Maneuver battle phases in the mission - The maneuver battle phases and the triggers that indicate when one ends and the next begins are presented.
    3. Mission results - The mission results from Armored Task Force are copied and displayed here. Note that most simulations, such as ATF, provide primarily quantitative feedback while V-CTC provides primarily qualitative feedback.
    4. Detailed time-line of key events with screen shots - A scrollable time-line shows key events such as fire missions and the crossing of phase lines
      Screenshot ScreenCam
  2. How We Can Improve

    In the second section V-CTC evaluates the trainee's performance in the mission.
    1. Kinds of tactical errors that were made, along with minitutorials for each - Recurring kinds of tactical errors are pointed out here, along with mini-tutorials to address the underlying misunderstandings or lack of knowledge. In the example below two kinds of tactical error are pointed out.
      1. Example: First kind of tactical error
      2. Example: Second kind of tactical error
    2. The Subject Matter Expert's (actual O/C) solution for the mission
      Actual SME solution for Death Valley Attack
    3. Recommended sources to review to address problems that came up - For each kind of tactical error one or more mini-tutorials and / or online resources, such as field manuals, are recommended. In the example below three sources are given.
      1. Example: First source
      2. Example: Second source
      3. Example: Third source
        Online FM: 3-09.31

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