by Capt. Matthew Chism
U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Public Affairs
5/8/2015 - Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst -- Cadets
from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point took part in
Judgment-based Engagement Training hosted by the U.S. Air Force
Expeditionary Center's Office of the Judge Advocate here, May 2 through
The 18 Cadets, currently enrolled in a Combat Leadership class at West
Point, took part in lectures, Firearms Training Simulator scenarios, and
learned group tactics for use in hostile situations.
JET is a combination of Rules of Engagement and Rules for the Use of
Force training, which familiarizes students with the effects that life
threatening confrontations have on decision making.
"We're teaching students to understand the tactical dynamics of high
stress deadly force encounters and to help them hone the ability to make
sound split-second judgments in circumstances that are tense,
uncertain, and rapidly evolving," said Maj. Ryan Hoback, 177th Fighter
Wing deputy staff judge advocate and a guest instructor for the
Lt. Col. Daniel Smith, an assistant professor in the USMA Department of
Behavioral Sciences and Leadership who teaches the Combat Leadership
class, reached out to the USAF EC's JA to incorporate this hands-on
experience into his class's curriculum.
"The training provides an opportunity for the cadets to experience
making decisions in real-time and it allows them to immediately learn
from their classmates' experiences in the simulations," Smith said.
The USAF EC legal team normally provides JET to deploying members of the
USAF Judge Advocate General Corps over four days as part of the JA
Functional Training Course. Airmen receive training in subjects
including law, culture, counter insurgency concepts, and field training.
The JA FTC prepares personnel with the skills necessary to effectively
operate in today's contingency environments.
During the Cadets' modified training the legal team covered topics such
as ethics, self-defense laws, wound ballistics, body trauma, as well as
the psychological and physiological reactions people experience in
"This was an outstanding cross-service training experience," Hoback
said. "The entire judgment-based training team was honored to help Lt.
Col. Smith provide a unique learning opportunity for the Cadets and help
build a solid foundation of knowledge in this critically important area
for our next generation of Army leaders."
Members of the 621st Contingency Response Wing, New Jersey Army National
Guard's Joint Training and Training Development Center, and civilian
professionals familiar with escalation of force tactics, techniques, and
procedures also supported the JET course.