Live-Virtual (L-V) Training Ratio for Individual Soldier Small Arms Marksmanship

January 16, 2019



U.S. Army Awards Agreement to Enhance Small Arms Marksmanship Training

Study Seeks Methodology to Align Virtual and Real-World Training

 The National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL) and the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) today announced the U.S. Army had awarded Aptima, Inc. of Woburn, Mass., a $168,000 Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement to develop a prototype methodology that aligns current Army virtual, small-arms, marksmanship training systems with real-world, live-fire marksmanship training.

“The purpose of this agreement is for Aptima to develop a methodology that efficiently transitions soldiers from basic to more advanced small arms marksmanship skills,” said Tim Greeff, chief executive officer of NSTXL. “Once completed, the methodology will be sent to the Army training schools for refinement and incorporation into future Army training doctrine.”

As laid out in the award, the final prototype methodology will clearly describe the instruction phases. Soldier milestones, assessment processes and live/virtual marksmanship range requirements will form the foundation for future training concepts that meets current Army readiness requirements.

“We expect our new methodology will positively impact unit readiness, provide needed information to refine doctrine and rapidly improve soldiers’ small arms marksmanship skills,” said Ms. Janet Spruill, Vice President of Programs and Orlando operations lead for Aptima. “Our prototype will compare the current Army marksmanship training curriculum against a more efficient ratio of live training and the application of existing virtual and gaming Training Aids, Devices, Simulations and Simulators (TADSS).”

Aptima will deliver the prototype methodology to the Army by Summer 2019.


About NSTXL – The National Security Technology Accelerator is a non-profit based in Arlington, VA. It is the essential Pentagon partner for rapidly delivering mission-driven systems and emerging technologies to the U.S. military.

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