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Full Battle Rattle is an insightful and eye-opening documentary that goes inside the world of soldiers preparing for service in Iraq. In California's Mojave Desert, the U.S. Army has built an Iraq Simulator complete with Arab actors playing townspeople, insurgents played by U.S. soldiers, American actors playing reporters and 13 mock villages, including Medina Wasl with a mixed Sunni-Shiite population. Full Battle Rattle follows one battalion as they arrive in the small village. The commanding officer, acutely respectful of the culture, anticipates a peaceful relationship with the villagers. Despite his best outreach efforts, things become explosive and the deadly challenges of the war become clear. The simulation brings to the surface the life-and-death choices facing American soldiers. Even the role of insurgent teaches U.S. soldiers the tactics of those they will face in battle. At the end of the exercise, simulation becomes reality as the soldiers board a plane to Iraq.