Infantry: Thinking Like the Enemy By Being the Enemy


April 11, 2007: The U.S. Army has recently seen a demonstration of how effective "dissimilar training" is. Dissimilar training involves, among other things, playing the enemy, and learning to think like him. Many members of the 1/4th have played the role of Taliban troops over the last few years, and that has aided them enormously now that the 1/4th is in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban.

The 1/4th Infantry has spent most of the last 17 years as the OPFOR (opposing force) for other combat units undergoing training at sites in Germany. In the last few years, this has included playing the role of Taliban fighters, against American troops getting ready to go to Afghanistan. Naturally, this kind of training tries to give American troops some practical experience operating against a foe that acts like the Taliban. But the troops who play the Taliban gain an even better insight into how the Taliban operate. If there's not enough training time to allow a lot of troops to play at being the Taliban, the army can modify some of its wargames so that troops can get into the Talibans head that way.


Article Archive

Infantry: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close