Evaluation of Radio Communication in Dismounted Infantry Sections


  1. Adams, B.D.
  2. Tack, D.W.
  3. Sartori, J.A.
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Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN);Humansystems Inc, Guelph ONT (CAN)
SIREQ-TD (Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstrator) has determined that information transfer and communication between members in a dismounted infantry section is critical for mission success, and most soldier modernization programs have adopted an intra-section radio as part of their standard equipment. The purpose of this pilot study was to determine whether the addition of a radio would improve the communication and performance of an 8-soldier section in a computer-simulated 1st person shooter game. Specifically, we were interested in determining which aspects of communication and performance would or would not be enhanced, which radio network configurations were best, and whether there were differences in information exchanged with a radio and without. Thirty-two (32) reserve force infantry soldiers participated in 27 virtual-reality multi-player missions, while seated at computer workstations in a laboratory over the course of 8 days, to evaluate the effects of adding a radio communications network to simulated dismounted infantry operations. In the No Radio condition, soldiers were required to whisper and use hand signals to communicate. In the Radio conditions, four networks were configured to control which section members could speak to each other. All communications were recorded and later content analyzed for type, function, references to friendlies vs. enemies, duration, pathways (role and network), and anticipation ratios. Outcome measures related

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Soldier Information Requirements Technology Demonstration Project;SIREQ TD;Radio Communication;Infantry Communication;intra-section communications;virtual reality games
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-CR-2005-012 — Contractor Report
Date of publication
15 Jul 2005
Number of Pages
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