DVIDS – News – Realistic Movie Money Adds Training Benefits, “Pull Factor”


More realistic, and the American secret services could come knocking at the door.

The U.S. Army Financial Management Command Operational Support Team recently acquired more than $1 million in new training funds, which it will use to train and evaluate Army Finance and Control Units. army all over the world.

“Having realistic money in your hands gives soldiers an extra dose of reality because it looks, feels and handles like the real thing – just like they will see down stream,” said USAFMCOM OST Systems Instructor Shawn Crocker. . “It also gives us the opportunity to show them some of the things they should be looking for when dealing with real currency.”

With real money management comes real accountability because the finance and comptroller soldiers have fiduciary responsibility, which means they are ultimately responsible for every penny they touch.

“It definitely adds to the ‘wrinkle factor,'” the command sergeant said. Major Enlisted Advisor Maj. Kenneth F. Law, like him and USAFMCOM Commander Col. Paige M. Jennings, recently inspected the new crate. “I mean, you can barely tell the difference between this and the real thing.”

The very few differences between the real US dollars and the new fakes are a few smartly embedded marks and phrases in the training currency.

“The company that produced this money for us is one that produces money for big-budget Hollywood movies and shows,” said Waylon Vinson, deputy director of USAFMCOM OST. Vinson added that although the formation currency is exactly $1,004,400 in formation value, it actually only costs a fraction of that amount to buy.

The need to replace the command’s obsolete training currency was threefold.

“We wanted something as realistic as possible; our old tricks had definitely had their day; and we still had the old Afghan training currency as our foreign currency,” Vinson explained. “Since we are no longer there, we wanted something to train our soldiers for the areas they are now deploying to, so we first started looking for euros.”

Unfortunately, Crocker said that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many companies producing foreign accessories and training currencies no longer did so, leading the OST to buy US training currencies. .

“We ended up turning our old USAFMCOM training currency into our foreign currency and using the new stuff as our US currency,” Vinson added. “But, we are still working on getting new foreign currencies. This is definitely our next step.

With 22 years of first-hand experience in Army finance and comptrollership operations, including moving millions of dollars in cash, Crocker said he’s excited to see how future Army trainees OSTs manage and react to the new formation motto.

“It seems so small, but it will bring a whole new perspective to students,” he concluded. “It brings us a little closer to training the way we fight.”


USAFMCOM conducts corporate-level financial operations, provides technical coordination of finance and control units, and military payroll support with Army commands, to ensure effective policy implementation and programs to optimally support Army resourcing and support soldiers.

The OST provides hands-on technical training and evaluation of Army active and reserve component funding and control units and organizations. It also conducts pre-deployment financial management operations and resource management training to Army Reserve and National Guard units to prepare them to support emergency operations.

The OST provides subject matter expertise and support to the finance and comptroller units throughout their deployment cycle and assesses their ability to meet their training competency standards and prepare for multi- areas during large-scale combat operations.

Date taken: 30.04.2022
Date posted: 30.04.2022 14:55
Story ID: 419683

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