NBC News reports that, “Over the past 12 years, the U.S. government has hired role players and sent them to bases like Fort Irwin to help U.S. soldiers prepare for real-life situations overseas.”

The government has paid several companies to provide predominately Afghan and Iraqi immigrants for their participation in military training exercises, NBC explains, where the role players can protest and chant to simulate areas of conflict for soldiers.

However, some feel the effectiveness of this training method should be examined further. Read more