Plan. Execute. Assess. Repeat.


After-action review represents a key learning capability and offers a distinct advantage when looking to improve performance in communication, decision-making and teamwork on the battlefield. 

For simulation, the AAR can be leveraged to enhance the training provided by the simulated systems. All actions relating to every entity are recorded and replayed, and because VBS3 is HLA/DIS compatible, everything that occurred in the wider group of simulation systems is also included in the AAR. It also allows users to edit after-action reviews within the simulation.

Bohemia Interactive Simulations has optimized AAR by making AAR files smaller, which contributes to faster performance. The AAR timeline in VBS3 also expands to allow users to see more or less details about the scenario, offering greater flexibility.

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VBS3 will allow Belgian Forces to increase their efficiency in education and training by offering low level tactical exercises and training events in a Joint & Combined Arms environment that otherwise would not be possible due to cost, safety risks, time limitations or lack of material and equipment.
Major Jan Vandamme, Simulation Centre Chief


Multiple Perspectives


Review scenarios from any perspective within VBS3.

The after-action review feature allows trainers and trainees to view a scenario from any perspective including 3D, 2D, and from any player's perspective. Within AAR, administrators can switch rapidly from a bird's eye view of a battle to the enemy's perspective or follow the path of a bullet to a target. The field-of-view feature can be used to check where squads or individual soldiers are observing during a scenario.


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Facilitate Learning


By reviewing their practice, trainees can identify challenges, review errors, and determine alternative solutions. After-action review facilitates this kind of learning.

VBS3 features an improved after-action review timeline, which provides information more clearly and can be expanded or minimized. The improved after-action review now supports the concept of engagements, which is a period during which some form of combat has taken place.


Track Statistics


AAR provides statistics on casualties, engagement time, rounds fired and many other components of a battle scenario. These feature enhance trainers’ abilities to engage students in assessing their own performance and conduct a successful debriefing.

AAR files have been optimized in VBS3 for faster performance and playback of engagements with hundreds of units. The improved AAR also allows users more flexibility for configuring the sampling rate of bone and particle recorders.

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