It is quite interesting to take note of how the rest of the world looks at virtual reality. Apparently, the US Navy is looking to recruit new members through VR. That is quite an intriguing development, although it is also an excellent way to see who has what it takes. Moreover, not everyone wants to go through the regular enlisting process. It is all about the action, and virtual reality technology provides a great way to get hands-on experience.
US Navy Sees VR As An Asset
To put this information into perspective, the US Navy has been using VR for training purposes for several years now. However, the organization never considering deploying this technology to find new recruits. That has come to change, thanks to the Nimitz tractor trailer. This machine is driving around the US to visit schools, special events, and Fleet Weeks. Anyone who checks out the Nimitz can don a VR headset and try to enlist in the US Navy.
According to an official spokesperson, this technology will give the Navy leads on who may be suited for the job. Do not be mistaken in thinking one can enlist immediately after putting the HMD down again. That would be a bit too easy, to say the least. So far, VR has helped the Navy generated over 40% more leads, which is quite an impressive number. Although not all leads pan out, it deepens the pool of potential recruits.
For anyone who has ever wondered what it is like to be in the Navy, virtual reality can give you a good idea. It is not the same as the real experience by any means. However, it helps deter people who won’t give it their all from applying in the first place. Recruiting through VR technology is an intriguing concept that seems to pay dividends for the Navy so far. Other military organizations are taking a similar approach to find new recruits.
What makes the Nimitz trailer so intriguing is how it can accommodate 8 people in a VR environment at the same time. With eight individual pods, about 60 people can go through the “test” every hour. Users will put on an Oculus Rift and a sub-pack as they go through the test scenario. This is where the 360-degree field of action comes into the picture. It provides a realistic Navy training exercise that will require a lot of out-of-the-box thinking and lightning fast reflexes.
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