Warfighters and soldiers in the field face numerous dangerous and life-threatening situations every day. Not only are the enemies they face unpredictable, but they must also make decisions based on their unique environments, which are difficult to mimic or simulate using common learning methods. A simulator that utilizes real video is a highly effective way to train soldiers, and with time, this style of training can lead to better reactions and decision-making skills.

Virtual Simulators are Immersive

In many cases, recruits learn how to handle situations they may encounter in the field by listening to a lecture, watching a video, or going out into the field and practicing a variety of maneuvers. Though these things can and often do help members of the military learn what to do in certain situations, these methods lack realism and do little to properly train soldiers. When faced with a life-threatening situation, soldiers who have experienced that situation before are far more likely to react appropriately.

VirTra’s simulators are designed to provide a completely immersive experience and help soldiers feel as if they are truly out in the field. They utilize high-quality video and sound, and they come with dozens of pre-programmed scenarios that can be customized for unique situations. This makes a simulator one of the best tools available for training.

Experience Any Imaginable Scenario and Environment

Another of the biggest benefits associated with utilizing VirTra to train warfighters is the simulators’ ability to recreate almost any scenario in any possible environment. For example, a vehicle may react differently in dry conditions than in the rain, and by simulating both experiences, soldiers can learn the differences and make appropriate decisions. Types of military scenarios include green-on-blue, active threat, key leader engagement and more. Essentially, with the ability to control the scenario, the weather and the visibility, it is possible to help soldiers and warfighters learn what it is like to work in a wide range of conditions that they may not experience otherwise.

The same goes for virtual range training, where VirTra’s marksmanship programs are both customizable and ballistically accurate. This makes it a perfect supplement for live fire range training. Instructors can change the setting of the range from the time of day, weather, wind and more so military members can experience the effects different conditions have when firing. Instructors may also change the types of targets and how they appear, turn or pop up.

In-Depth Progress Measurement

VirTra gives military service members (and their instructors) an opportunity to review the actions that were taken during the simulation and improve their behaviors based upon the result. In other words, it is possible to measure soldiers’ progress objectively and completely. Simulators track everything a soldier says and does, and they can even record reaction time. Following a simulation, it is possible to review footage for debrief of any given individual’s performance. The more a servicemember experiences these scenarios, the better he or she will become at making quick decisions.


Service members out in the field experience a wide range of unpredictable situations. Because of this, it may seem impossible to train based on real-life experience, but this is not the case. Simulators can provide an incredibly realistic simulation of any imaginable situation in any environment, and when soldiers can learn by doing, they are far more likely to make the best decisions when faced with those scenarios in the field.

To learn more about how VirTra can help train your military squad, speak to a specialist.

As a way to ensure servicemembers are well-prepared for any given situation, VirTra’s subject matter experts and content department work together to create high quality, realistic simulator scenarios. Just one example of the dozens of scenarios focuses on vehicle traffic control point training.

Traffic Control Points (TCP), like their name suggests, are locations where military police control the traffic – but it is not just about telling drivers where to go and ensuring orderly flow. Soldiers and warfighters must maintain situational awareness during searches and in case of militant attacks.

The scenario shown in the video below simulates a Traffic Control Checkpoint where a search turns suddenly escalates and an enemy militant opens fire on the student and their squad. This military training scenario allows trainees to understand how quickly situations can turn deadly and how to provide cover for fellow soldiers.

In addition to TCP training, soldiers and warfighters also have access to scenarios for Key Leader Engagement, Combat Training, Green on Blue, Active Threats and much more. Marksmanship is also an important focus, as VirTra has ensured our customizable virtual ranges feature incredible ballistic accuracy so skills transfer properly to the field. Combined with our durable recoil kits and CO2 magazines that fit right into a soldier’s duty weapon, VirTra’s training is the perfect supplement to live-fire.

To learn more about how VirTra can provide intense, realistic and effective training for servicemembers, contact a specialist today.

VirTra is proud to create training systems that prepare military servicemembers for real-life incidents, just as with law enforcement. Thousands of hours have been spent engineering, planning, testing and creating state-of-the-art training simulators that ensure soldiers are best able to better protect our country and return home safely.

While we could write a long article describing how these simulators immerse servicemembers visually and auditorily, create high-stress situations, and help hone specific skills, VirTra believes in showing. After all, seeing training in action is significantly more powerful than reading about it. Not to mention, VirTra is proud to show our work and prove our statements.

The objective behind the scenario below is for servicemembers to learn to identify key characteristics in body language and facial cues. This ability is crucial, as subtle changes in a situation can help servicemembers prepare and react appropriately for a better outcome.

Furthermore, this scenario is about a soldier conducting a Key Leader Engagement with a village elder, looking for information regarding a high-value target. With that bit of backstory, soldiers enter the scenario and must react to the unfolding situation. Watch it below and take note of how these specific soldiers handle the situation.

TEMPE, Ariz. — November 3, 2020 — VirTra, Inc. (NASDAQ: VTSI), a global provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational, and commercial markets, has appointed John Givens to its board of directors. With Givens’s appointment, VirTra’s board of directors returns to five directors, including three independent directors and two inside directors.

Givens brings to VirTra’s board over 20 years of experience as a board member, entrepreneur, and corporate executive with a unique track record of successfully selling and implementing large military simulation contracts worldwide. Currently, Givens serves as a military board advisor to Bohemia Interactive Simulations (BISim), a global developer of advanced military simulation and training software. In 2010, he established the US company of BISim, and during his tenure as president of the company, he led the business development of its military simulation products from inception to becoming one of the most widely used simulation products throughout all branches of the U.S. military. He has achieved numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including an appointment to the board of directors of the National Center for Simulation (NCS), an association of defense companies, government, academic, and industry members, and the “Pioneer Award” for outstanding contributions and innovations to the training and effectiveness of U.S. and overseas soldiers, sailors, and airmen. Givens graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Florida Institute of Technology and proudly served in the United States Army.

“John’s an incredibly well respected and accomplished simulation industry executive, and we’re very fortunate to have him join our board,” said Bob Ferris, chairman and chief executive officer of VirTra. “The wealth of hard-earned experience and industry relationships he brings to VirTra from his remarkable success in building one of the most prominent simulation training companies in the world will be of tremendous value to our organization.”

Givens added, “It’s a privilege to join VirTra’s board of directors and to have the opportunity to leverage my expertise to contribute to the company’s strategic decisions, independent oversight and corporate governance. I look forward to helping steer VirTra towards ever greater successes and enhance VirTra’s value to its customers, to the market, and to its shareholders.”

About VirTra
VirTra (NASDAQ: VTSI) is a global provider of judgmental use of force training simulators, firearms training simulators and driving simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets. The company’s patented technologies, software, and scenarios provide intense training for de-escalation, judgmental use-of-force, marksmanship and related training that mimics real-world situations. VirTra’s mission is to save and improve lives worldwide through practical and highly effective virtual reality and simulator technology. Learn more about the company at www.VirTra.com.

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Instructors looking for options to supplement range training know to look for the most realistic, high-fidelity training solution. As such, trainers never need to look past VirTra’s products. The V-Marksmanship program—installed on every VirTra simulator—ensures the highest quality for military use, especially when paired with VirTra’s recoil kits and CO2 magazines. With a program and accessories that ensure the most realistic training possible, instructors should consider VirTra as a marksmanship training supplement.

Customizable Range Conditions

Real life is never perfect, so why should a military marksmanship simulator offer only perfect conditions? VirTra’s customizable ranges allow instructors to choose the time of day—including dawn or dusk—to challenge shooters with glare, low light and more. Instructors can also manipulate the range and choose what types of targets to use.

More than the time of day is the weather. Warfighters often find themselves firing in less-than-desirable weather conditions and VirTra’s military training simulations mimic this. Instructors can choose between rain, fog, wind and other types of weather for maximum experience and skill transfer. Wind has an effect on bullet trajectory, so VirTra incorporated a feature to alter wind speed and direction. This ensures trainees are well-prepared for any condition.



At VirTra, we are not afraid to put our equipment to the test. The V-ST PRO® ballistics have been independently verified by third-party experts to reach shooting distances out to 2,000 meters with .02 milliradians accuracy. The V-ST PRO excels in marksmanship training due to its range-like structure and ability to create six firing lanes per screen. Additionally, it provides the option to add up to five screens to train up to 30 servicemembers simultaneously.

Additionally, VirTra’s marksmanship simulations have complete perspective accuracy. A trainee may stand, crouch or lay in a prone position without having to move or tilt their weapon to meet the target.

Upon completion, military members are provided with an in-depth debrief/after-action review of their marksmanship simulation training. This allows trainees and instructors to analyze shot sequences and hit placements down to one-hundredths of a second. Instructors and warfighters can use this tool to observe performance and quickly correct mistakes, thus mitigating training scars.

Military Simulator Accessories

The ranges shown on-screen are only one portion of the high-fidelity marksmanship training offered by VirTra. The rugged recoil kits and CO2 magazines are inserted into the warfighter’s weapon to produce realistic recoil while allowing the firearm to interact with the simulator. Utilizing one’s personal firearm helps in creating a powerful, true-to-life training environment that promotes skill transfer to the field. A firearm will become simulator-ready from removing the weapon’s bolt carrier and inserting the drop-in recoil kit. If the firearm is a pistol, the kit is used as a barrel replacement.

CO2 magazines replicate the weight, size and shape of real magazines to fit perfectly inside your duty weapon. CO2 magazines allow for a long day of training with intense and realistic tools. For more information about the V-Marksmanship program or the weapon accessories, contact a VirTra specialist.

Use of Force Training Simulators Designed with the Military in Mind

VirTra’s goal is to present military agencies state-of-the-art firearms training simulators that teach judgmental use of force. In order to create the best quality military training, VirTra works with experts in both the military and law enforcement fields. These partnerships, in addition to in-house subject matter experts, strengthen our training program that prepare military for the field. Discover how VirTra’s relationships with top military consultants and officials improve our training courses.

Why Consult with Military Experts?

Working with military experts is crucial to the success of our firearms training simulators because they understand the profession better than anyone else. Experts—both in-house and through partnerships—design scenarios, contribute their advice and ideas as the project moves from conception to development. Upon completion, the final scenario is the product of multiple professionals, thus strengthening its educational merit.

Solving Police Issues with Advice from Professionals

Military encounter a wide variety of circumstances, from active threats to green on blue. No matter the incident, VirTra can help your unit prepare. Our experts formulate scenarios to teach proper decision-making under stress. Servicemembers who engage in these scenarios learn how to analyze each side of the situation, note nonverbal cues and disarm potential threats while minimizing harm.

VirTra’s design team consults with expert partners and in-house SME’s on new elements to add to current training and important details that must be added. As a result, our in-depth training stands out in the industry.

Training for Military Personnel with Colonel O’Connell

The military faces insurmountable circumstances daily. To prepare military personnel for such challenges, our in-house military experts work with various teams to develop proper training scenarios. VirTra has cultivated a relationship with Colonel Joe O’Connell, a retired member of the United States Army, who has created a business development firm. With Colonel O’Connell’s help, VirTra has prepared training content based on real-world situations. His field experience allows him to effectively teach sound decision-making under pressure and how to leverage the pros and cons when deciding on a course of action. Thanks to the help of experts in and outside the company, VirTra’s training simulators have never been so comprehensive.

Expert Help Results in the Most Realistic Training

Consulting with military and law enforcement professionals results in some of the most realistic training scenarios in the business. VirTra is proud to produce cutting-edge training for military personnel. These training simulators range from one-screen to 5-screen, 300-degree immersive training environments. Whichever training simulator you choose, your unit will find true-to-life training scenarios that leave your servicemembers more aware of their surroundings and the consequences of their actions.

Better Prepare Your Team with a Military Training Simulator

After military personnel are exposed to realistic training scenarios, they are ready to transfer their newly-learned skills to the field. Even the best lecture series and well-produced training videos cannot compete with the immersive, engaging environment created by military experts. To heighten your unit’s decision-making abilities with expert training, contact VirTra.

TEMPE, Ariz. — July 15, 2019 — VirTra, Inc. (NASDAQ: VTSI) (“VirTra”), a global provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets, has engaged JL O’Connell & Associates, a highly regarded business development consultancy, to expand the company’s sales and marketing efforts in the military market.

In January 2019, VirTra announced a concerted effort to allocate more of the company’s attention and resources towards the military market. As part of that strategy, the company has hired Colonel Joe O’Connell, USAR (Ret.), CEO of JL O’Connell & Associates, to assist in advising and brokering relationships with current military leaders and decision makers. JL O’Connell & Associates provides a full spectrum of business development services, including early teaming and capturing as well as proposal and program management solutions.

Prior to founding JL O’Connell & Associates in 2017, O’Connell worked as a business development lead for both small and large businesses, including a firm that provides immersive, live, and virtual training experiences to support the training efforts of aviation, aerospace, logistics, medical, combat, and other military teams. He also held multiple positions at Lockheed Martin during his 12-year tenure with the global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technologies company. O’Connell served in the U.S. Army for 30 years (1983-2013) as an Artillery officer in both Active and Reserve units and deployed with the 82nd Airborne to Afghanistan from 2009 to 2010. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Governors for the Association of the U.S. Army Sunshine Chapter, has served on the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Central Florida Board for nine years in multiple positions, including President, and is the current Vice President for the West Point Society of Central Florida. O’Connell holds a B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point.

“The military market holds a great deal of potential for VirTra, and part of our focus this year has been to leverage our past experiences and industry-leading products to capitalize on opportunities that will expand our presence in that space,” said Bob Ferris, VirTra Chairman and CEO. “To effectively execute that strategy, it is crucial we utilize the expertise of seasoned and qualified advisors like JL O’Connell & Associates. Specifically, Joe’s background in both the military and the private sector make him uniquely qualified to assist VirTra in our mission of improving the training and the readiness of military personnel, and we look forward to working with him as well as exploring additional channels that may help us accomplish that mission.”

About VirTra
VirTra (NASDAQ: VTSI) is a global provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets. The company’s patented technologies, software, and scenarios provide intense training for de-escalation, judgmental use-of-force, marksmanship and related training that mimics real-world situations. VirTra’s mission is to save and improve lives worldwide through practical and highly-effective virtual reality and simulator technology. Learn more about the company at www.VirTra.com.

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TEMPE, Ariz. — May 16, 2019 — VirTra, Inc. (NASDAQ: VTSI) (“VirTra”), a global provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets, is scheduled to sponsor and present at the 3rd Annual Military Virtual Training & Simulation Summit, which is being held on May 22-23, 2019 at the Mary M. Gates Learning Center in Alexandria, VA.

The goal of the summit is to explore new virtual training and simulation solutions and the potential for these technologies to improve warfighter readiness while ensuring safety and reducing costs.

VirTra Chairman and CEO Bob Ferris is scheduled to present on Thursday, May 23rd at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time to an audience consisting of senior Department of Defense (DoD) officials, military leaders, academics, and other industry personnel. VirTra will showcase its industry-leading products to educate attendees on the advantages of the company’s solutions.

For additional information, please contact VirTra’s IR team at VTSI@gatewayir.com.

About VirTra
VirTra (NASDAQ: VTSI) is a global provider of training simulators for the law enforcement, military, educational and commercial markets. The company’s patented technologies, software, and scenarios provide intense training for de-escalation, judgmental use-of-force, marksmanship and related training that mimics real-world situations. VirTra’s mission is to save and improve lives worldwide through practical and highly-effective virtual reality and simulator technology. Learn more about the company at www.VirTra.com.


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DAHLGREN, Va. – The Naval Support Activity South Potomac (NSASP) Police Department hosted police officers from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling (JBAB) for advanced tactical training June 19-21. The training was intended to sharpen the officers’ skills in several areas, such as active shooter response. The mini-course included classroom time, practical application, night vision training, live-fire and time in the VirTra Systems simulator.

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For the practical application portion of the course, the JBAB police officers conducted active-shooter response drills inside one of Dahlgren’s buildings. In a maze-like layout, with multiple opposing danger areas, safely is a challenge for any police officer. Though, training can be tailored to all skill levels. (more…)

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