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Air Force Uses VR in Tech Training Transformation Push

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Air Force Uses VR in Tech Training Transformation Push

The Air Education Training Command‘s Tech Training Transformation team has created a virtual reality training system coordinated by artificial intelligence in an effort to transform the airman development process, the U.S. Air Force said Monday. The futuristic training program introduces learners to immersive simulations.

With the help of experts from Sheppard Air Force Base, the T3 team has re-engineered the foundational Crew Chief Fundamentals Course into a VR experience. The training program officially took off in mid 2020, with 29 students strapping on VR gear and testing the new technology. The first batch of learners examined tools, maintained simulated aircraft and completed objectives, all within a 3D, on-the-job environment, the USAF said.

The service’s leadership was impressed by the results of the VR training program’s trial run. It was later determined that scores from students within the program were comparable to those of students using traditional methods. Both students and instructors later commented on the quality of T3’s program, emphasizing how the training process was made “airmen-centric and approachable.”

Senior Master Sgt. Toby Caldwell, 362nd Training Squadron assistant superintendent, said the T3’s program is already proving to be an effective learning model. He said the service tries to be at the forefront of technological developments. This led to the introduction of “non-player characters” in June 2021.

Trainees are now interacting with “AI Airmen” by asking them questions and receiving instructions within the simulation. For example, a student maintaining an aircraft could have a conversation with an AI security forces Airman patrolling the flight line and learn about safety protocols or ask questions about the area, the USAF added.

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