This is not a drill. In fact, it’s a virtual drill. You’re looking at soldiers from the 35th Engineer Brigade of the Missouri National Guard as they use a VR training tool known as the Dismounted Soldier Training System.
The system uses motion tracking to allow soldiers to train in a simulated deployed environment, performing simulated foot patrols and clearing buildings in virtual surroundings. It might look a bit silly from here, but it’s an incredibly affordable way to train soldiers in all kinds of environments—without them having to leave their military base.
Images by U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Samantha J. Whitehead