Hostage situations are extremely complex, and there are literally no practical training exercises that can prepare all these people to effectively and efficiently counter such situations. Of course, military forces have certain training programs, which teach their officers about de-escalation and other important skills that may be required to deal with a hostage situation, and negotiators and tactical units have their specific training as well. However, nothing can replace the value of actionable experience.
This is where virtual training simulators
can be very helpful. Many people have the misconception that such virtual shooting simulators can only be used to train marksmanship, however, in reality, they are very versatile, and have thousands of scenarios and simulations that can be used to provide army officers with actionable experience in dealing with a wide variety of crisis situations.
Similarly, hostage situation training exercises allow military forces entities to train together, in a safe, yet very realistic environment. These training simulators work using branching decision trees and actually respond to the actions of army officers so that they can understand the consequences of their actions. Moreover, these simulations allow experienced hostage negotiators and trained psychologists to review the performance of officers and negotiators involved and help them improve their crisis intervention skills.