Using laser projections, you fire at a screen that simulates an array of different environments. It records all shots, hit or miss. Then you can review all the data after the session to see how accurate you were, shot/kill ratio, etc. It was really interesting, and extremely difficult.
After 3 different environments (including one on Mars), the boys got to use the video simulator… that is shot with live-action video/actors to mimic real-life scenarios that soldiers will encounter in the sand box.
You weren\’t allowed to shoot anything until there was a threat. Even if someone had a rifle… if they weren\’t pointing it at you or someone else you couldn\’t shoot. Here Brit is waiting for someone to make a move.
They told us how this simulator, while expensive to build… saves the Army millions of dollars annually in live ammunition. This is the first stop for soldiers in training who may have never held a firearm in their life. This way they get acclimated with the weapons before they ever fire a live round.
Then it was back to the bus to get ready for the show. I snapped a group shot of the band with their Drill Sargeants: Ferguson, Crump, and Johnson… all of which were amazing hosts, and answered every question we threw at them.
This tour/boot camp was really something special. I couldn\’t help but think during our stay… how many people get this sort of tour? It can\’t be a lot. The hospitality of the Army, and Fort Jackson to give the band an experience like this is TOP NOTCH.