U.S. Marine Corps Martin Daniel with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division conducts Dry Roll Over Egress Training exercise during a Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected exercise on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 22, 2016. Education for these events was conducted by Training Support Division which provides guidance to prepare Marines in realistic environments for operational utilization. (U.S. Marine Corps Photo by Lance Cpl. Roderick Jacquote, MCIWEST-MCB CamPen/Released)
The MET is designed to train Marines how to properly egress from a CAT I, CAT II and CAT III MRAP vehicle. Like the High Mobility multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) Egress Assistance Trainer (HEAT), it provides Marines the opportunity to experience vehicle rollover within a controlled environment, with the inside of the cab conditions literally and virtually the same as in real-life conditions. This proactive responsive type training also allows the Marine the rehearsal and physical executable natural response conditioning that is necessary in a roll-over. Given the right controlled training environment, this training affords the Marine with the practical experience needed to conduct proper egress procedures. This type of training, like the HEAT, reinforces the proper seatbelt/harness restraints use, and helps develop the muscle-memory responsive situational awareness skills of individual and crew alike that would be reactionary and proactive under any circumstance while in transit in any MRAP vehicle.
The MRAP is a larger vehicle with more personnel inside, which could result in more confusion and chaos during a rollover. Due to the higher center of gravity that is presented by this type of vehicle, the MRAP presents a higher probability of rolling over. The increased usage of the MRAPs in both Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom caused the Joint Program Office to determine that it would also create an egress trainer similar to the HEAT to address the issues with egression from a rolled mishap. MET is designed to put Marines in a rollover environment and teach them teamwork and effective communication skills within that environment, so that they will properly egress a MRAP. The MET seats up to 10 personnel, which is substantially more than the HEAT. The MET has a functional gunner’s position, and within the MET, the gunner is trained on the proper use of the harness and the actions they must perform prior, during, and after a rollover event.
MET has been fielded since 2010 at Camp Pendleton, CA; Camp Lejeune, NC; 29 Palms, CA; Camp Hansen, JPN; Kaneohe Bay, HI; New River, NC; Cherry Point, NC; Beaufort, SC; Yuma, AZ; and Miramar, CA; The MET AAO is being realigned to support the egress training requirement and fielding of the JLTV. Six METs will be converted to support the JLTV mono-capsule. First article installation is planned for 2019 at Camp Upshur.
Fielded AAO: FY 2017 Quantity 11
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