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Recognition of Combatants - IED


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"ROC – IED Afghanistan is a standardized, theater-specific and self-paced modular trainer that takes less than a day to complete. Included Afghan-specific material provides greater coverage of homemade explosive basics, culture and counterinsurgency content, and vulnerable point search making ROC – IED Afghanistan an exceptional warfighter support tool."

- Maj. Eric Atherton, deputy training branch chief, Army Asymmetric Warfare Office (G-3/5/7)


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Recognition of Combatants - IED

What is it?

Beginning in February, Afghanistan-bound Soldiers and servicemembers have access to Recognition of Combatants - IED, or ROC - IED training. The program is a computer-based interactive multimedia trainer that helps train warfighters to anticipate and prevent IED-related incidents in theater. ROC - IED training helps to counter improvised explosive device (IED) threats. The program is divided into three main topical areas - IED understanding, thermal understanding and an IED visible/thermal browsing library. The IED understanding section covers topics on IEDs in general, the Afghanistan operational environment, IED types and emplacement tactics, vehicle- and person-borne IED attacks and more. The thermal browsing library trains users on capabilities and limitations of sensor solutions and contains numerous images of personnel wearing a variety of suicide bomb devices. Additionally, ROC-IED's ask-the-instructor feature allows students to pose questions to various IED subject matter experts.

What has the Army done?

Many Army and joint organizations collaborated and focused on completing ROC-IED Afghanistan. Completion of the trainer took about six months of intense efforts by many individuals, stakeholder organizations and subject matter experts. Additionally, developers invested a substantial amount of time in research of new material and curriculum development, software integration, beta testing and review and release processes.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

ROC-IED is regularly evaluated and upgraded to address the ever-changing conditions in theater which makes it an exceptionally versatile and flexible program. The software uses actual footage from insurgent and coalition-produced video and gaming-based simulations, which helps demonstrate lessons learned from both operational theaters. Additionally, ROC-IED can be used alone as introductory level, self-paced counter-IED knowledge training, as a supplement to classroom and lane training, or as long-term sustainment training. The Army has also initiated a foreign disclosure process on ROC-IED in order to make it accessible to NATO and International Security Assistance Force partner nations.

Why is this important to the Army?

IEDs continue to be the most significant threat and greatest source of casualties to Soldiers and coalition forces in the current fight. The Army and its many partners and stakeholders take an aggressive and holistic approach against defeating enemy tactics, particularly those that involve the IED. The Army and its partners are working tirelessly until the IED is defeated.


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