During the low ambient light of the night the visual cues used for sight are compromised. Unaided, it is difficult or impossible for individuals to identify obstacles and accurately determine depth perception during unaided night operations.
Most organizations operating at night invest in night vision (NVIS) programs (equipment, training and procedures) to equip them with the tools and training required to do so. Investments typically include:
Many organizations face a variety of challenges in training and maintaining competence in night vision operations that greatly reduce the viability of traditional training methods.
- Demanding operational tempos
- Fiscal restraints
- Reduced access to equipment, training and operational support
- Experience limited to operational need
- Training personnel new to NVG operations in real assets costly and risky
Inadequate training and improper handling of NVIS equipment, such as Night Vision Goggles (NVGs), can jeopardize lives, operational readiness and mission goals.