Korean men who have served in the Korean military, as almost all of them are required to do, have to get at least 8 hours of training a year in the army reserve for a number of years afterwards. Eight hours may not seem like much, but the training is becoming much more effective with the help of state-of-the-art technology.
Starting from March 2017, the Geumgok Reserve Forces training site in Gyeonggido Province will be the first facility in Korea to implement the “SMART Reserve Forces Training Management System” in its training curriculum.
The SMART management system implements the latest in ICT. The training curriculum is often limited by physical and logistical obstacles, such as local terrain or weather. But with the latest technology, they can streamline the experience, and overcome practical challenges.
Those taking part in reserve army training are given a wearable device upon entering the training site. The device helps keep track of various data including time and biometric information, readily accessible for both the wearer and the trainers.
This also means soldiers can now test their sharpshooting skills indoors, aiming at digital screens that recreate various conflict situations.
Relying on virtual indoor training has other obvious perks; sessions can now take place regardless of weather conditions, and more importantly, keeping track of ammunition is no longer a problem.
Another staple component of reserve forces-training – urban warfare – has also received a noticeable upgrade.
Before, soldiers would use paint-ball guns – which were inaccurate and often prone to malfunctioning – but now, they use guns that emit electric signals.
This way, the control tower can accurately analyze each exercise session, keeping track of how many virtual bullets have been used.
“I think the new technology makes the urban-warfare exercise feel much more realistic and immersive. I believe lot of other reserve army trainees are also going to enjoy this as well.”
Korea's defense ministry has stated that it plans to make the SMART Reserve Forces Training Management System applicable to all 260 training facilities nationwide by 2024.
Kim Jung-soo, Arirang News.