“I am committed to improving the combat preparedness, lethality, survivability and resiliency of our nation’s ground close-combat formations. These formations have historically accounted for almost 90% of our casualties and yet our personnel policies, advances in training methods and equipment have not kept pace with changes in available technology, human factors science and talent management best practices.”
James N. Mattis, Secretary of Defense, 8 February 2018
The U.S. Army and DoD are long overdue in addressing a significant capability and survivability shortcoming in its most fundamental formation — the infantry squad.
Traditional training methods will never adequately prepare a close combat soldier for the horrific shock of his first time under fire. Thus a first priority of the Task Force is to develop small unit simulations that replicate the shock, uncertainty, chaos and fear of the close fight. The team is well along in creating place virtual environments enhanced by augmented reality technologies, immersing infantrymen inside simulations that offer the repetition with variation, scenario after stressful scenario with new surprises each time, a truly transformational training experience.
To prevail against near-peer threats in the increasingly lethal 21st-century security environment, the United States requires a military that is dominant in close-combat fighting. (Close combat is “ground combat executed by dismounted infantry squad-sized formations carried out within line of sight of the enemy and characterized by extreme violence.”) This resilience only will be possible if the nation and its military keep faith with those who volunteer to fight, and perhaps die, in the most lethal 600 meters on the battlefield.
It is time for the United States to shoot for the next level: overmatch. (Close-combat overmatch is “the ability of a squad-sized unit to impose its will on a similar sized opponent under all conditions and operational environments.”) Changes in available technology, human factors science and talent management best practices make it imperative to modernize personnel policies, training methods and equipment at the speed of relevance to the challenges ahead.
War will remain a violent human struggle, a “collision between two living forces,” that is governed—and has always been governed—by the interplay among passion, chance and reason. This struggle will have at its core, soldiers fighting, killing and dying in close proximity to their enemies; this is the domain of the infantry.
Secretary Mattis has said infantrymen must fight "25 bloodless battles" before they first see combat.
The task force “is currently seeking to identify best-of-breed science and programs that improve screening, assessment, combat aggressiveness, situational understanding and proper decision-making under extreme stress...”
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The preparedness and readiness of the warfighter relies on the individual's knowledge, skills and proficiency levels, and abilities acquired through extensive training, learning and experience. The true challenge and test of warfighter combat readiness and performance is realized in combat on the battlefield. The warfighter that is capable of executing and performing at the highest performance level will be more lethal, and achieve greater mission success and survivability. However, the impact, effect, intensity and duration of combat engagements on the warfighter can be extreme, mentally challenging and potentially overwhelming, and over time can diminish the combat effectiveness of the warfighter. In severe combat situations, it may cause damaging emotional consequences to include Combat Action Response and PTSD issues.
The mental and emotional aspects of combat and its affects on the warfighter contribute to the warfighter's immediate and long-term performance, effectiveness, resiliency and sustainability in combat. Every warfighter to some extent is controlled by their own mental state and wellbeing. In combat, the warfighter's mental state can mean the difference and contributing factor in situations that result in the loss of life, and the ability to reach combat mission objectives.
Mental conditioning provides promising answers and solutions to many known warfighter combat related problems, issues and concerns. It is also an important, key element in the ability for the advancement of the warfighter with regard to performance, lethality, survivability and resiliency. The human brain is the control center and a properly conditioned mind is necessary for the human body to be able to function at optimum capacity and efficiency. The benefits and advantages of the warfighter's ability to maintain the mental edge in combat include:
Close-combat overmatch is the ability of each warfighter and their squad or unit to impose its will on a similar sized opponent under all conditions and operational environments. The ability to reach overmatch is the successful combination of warfighter performance, lethality, survivability and resiliency.
Warfighter performance and lethality are dependent on each other and directly proportional. Warfighter training, preparation and experience establish a baseline of the warfighter's level of performance. Combat engagement may effect warfighter response effectiveness and the ability to perform at optimal levels. Proper mental conditioning preparation prior to deployment would benefit the warfighter and provide higher performance level potential, expectations and results in combat.
The warfighter that is able to perform at higher levels of performance will be more effective and lethal, and have greater potential to control the battlefield and incapacitate their opponent with fewer casualties.
The resilient warfighter has the ability to manage and adjust to combat situations, and the ability to mitigate the unintended, harmful and damaging effects of combat. Mental conditioning is highly effective in the addressing warfighter resiliency during the combat tour of duty and after returning home. Mental conditioning will improve the warfighter's cognitive abilities and help mitigate unintented and potentially damaging issues associated with combat.
• Clearer thinking, assessment and decision-making
• Rapid, controlled and conditioned response
• Promotes positive attitude and productivity
• Helps adjust returning home - getting back to a normal life and routine
• Effects of combat stress and battle fatigue
• Effects of psychological warfare
• Severe emotional consequences of combat including PTSD, drugs, alcohol and suicide
In terms of survivability and resiliency, each contribute to the success and longevity of the warfighter. The loss of each warfighter in combat, or as a result of combat is the permanent loss of the warfighter and the sacrifice and tremendous value of the individual, the cost and expense to train and prepare, and the undetermined loss of institutional knowledge and combat experience.
The success in the implementation of our mental conditioning methodology is based on our ability to replicate the absolute realism of the close-combat battlefield experience. Then, and only then is the warfighter able to live and become completely immersed in that experience - to see, hear, smell and feel the full effects of close-combat engagement. Troysgate designed and developed the Troysgate Lab to create the warfighter close-combat experience to apply our mental conditioning methodology.
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