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Air National Guard Using Simulator to Attract Recruits

The Air National Guard Mobile Experience shows participants how they can serve the country

The Air National Guard is touring an interactive simulation — the Air National Guard Mobile Experience — that is designed to replicate the experiences of Air Guard men and women during basic training, technical school and on drill weekends.

The simulation is designed to show participants how they can serve the country one weekend per month and two weeks per year near their home while maintaining a fulfilling civilian life, according to the Air Guard, which is a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force.

The interactive experience, which is touring the country until the end of 2013, is focused on the traditional career path of a guardsman and highlights the Air Guard’s dual role to serve the nation and local communities by supporting federal and state missions, including providing homeland defense, and aid in times of natural disasters and civil disturbances.

The Air National Guard Mobile Experience features a series of three gaming challenges, each simulating real-life roles and the skill sets of Air Guardsmen, the service says. The games are housed in a touring vehicle built to simulate a mission command center and a guardsman’s home, the Air Guard says. The challenges enable participants to test their electronic, mechanical, observational and spatial aptitudes, hone their surveillance skills, demonstrate physical strength and test their medical knowledge.
“This simulated experience demonstrates how our guardsmen serve our country and still maintain their day-to-day lives, one of the key points of difference for the Air Guard versus other U.S. military branches,” said Master Sgt. Andrew Stearns, the simulator’s program manager.
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