PULAU provides Instructional, Operational, and Maintenance support for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Egress Trainer (MET) for deployed U.S. Armed Forces located in Afghanistan. The MET Instructor/Operator/Maintainer (IOM) performs preventive and periodic maintenance on the MET IAW technical documentation to ensure the devices are fully mission capable.

The trainer provides a full-scale replica of the MRAP vehicle cab mounted to two rotating wheels on a raised platform to roll the trainer through 360 degrees, thus providing an environment for U.S. Army students to receive instruction and evaluation on techniques used to exit a rolled MRAP vehicle.

Instruction and Operation: PULAU instructors utilize different scenarios during training. The three primary scenarios used are the following:

  • Familiarization drills, where the cab is rolled various amounts – i.e., 30, 90, 0, 330, 270, and 180 degrees,
  • Rollover (180 degrees) on land with egress, and
  • Rollover (90 degrees) in water with egress and a designated casualty.

PULAU provides train-the-trainer courses and conducts student training, including the following:

  • Powering up and preparing the trainer for use,
  • Initial orientation and safety briefings (including hand-outs),
  • Operation of the trainer during the exercise (includes constant voice and video contact with the trainees in the cab),
  • Assessment of student performance, and
  • Preparing and submitting student performance and throughput records.

Six days a week, the IOM provides courses that are conducted first in the classroom and then in the training device. The classroom portion consists of a course overview, safety briefing, roll-over scenarios, detailed objectives, operation of the trainer, and ingress/egress procedures. During trainer usage the IOM monitors safety concerns and initiates the training scenarios. During each training scenario the IOM provides guidance and hazard warnings. Once the scenario is completed the IOM conducts an After Action Review (AAR) with correct student actions required. The series of scenarios are repeated until a satisfactory result is achieved. Training activity and trainer status is reported weekly.

More than 21,000 students have been trained by PULAU IOMs to date. All of our IOMs are certified MET IOMs and have been issued DD Form 1902 “Certificate of Qualification” cards.

Maintenance: PULAU IOMs perform preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS) in accordance with the MET Operator Manual. PMCS is performed before, during and after operation of the training device; PMCS is also performed weekly and monthly. The bulk of the PMCS tasks are performed prior to trainer operation; they include visual inspections and functional tests to verify that all there are no missing parts, parts are properly secured, seatbelts are not damaged, cameras, speakers and microphones are functional, door, window, ramp and hatch latches are functional, and there is no fluid leakage.

Corrective maintenance is performed as required. Most of the problems to date have been associated with broken or damaged door and hatch handles, door locks and seat belts. PULAU IOM’s have performed the necessary maintenance quickly and efficiently, resulting in a MET availability figure in excess of 99% versus a 90% availability requirement.