The British Army’s Unit Based Virtual Training (UBVT) has been used to combat the conundrum of effectively sharpening soldiering skills while adhering to strict social distancing measures.

Delivered as a managed service by training and simulation specialist NSC, the technology allowed personnel from 1st Battalion, The Yorkshire Regiment to train collectively despite the constraints of operating during the coronavirus crisis.

Run on a network of laptop computers with exercising troops communicating via headsets, the all-arms system negates the need for the close proximity and physical contact commonly associated with traditional field training and other fixed simulation capabilities.

UBVT, which immerses troops in a high-fidelity synthetic environment, was deployed to 1 YORKS base at Battlesbury Barracks in Warminster for a three-week period and saw the Armoured Infantry Battalion’s platoons rotate through a series of virtual exercises without having to travel.

In addition to physically separating participants and the use of personal protective equipment where necessary, a remote exercise control setup was among a raft of safeguarding measures introduced by the Army’s chain of command and NSC to ensure the health of soldiers and directing staff was not put at risk.