The British Army is using Oculus Rift to recruit soldiers

There are an innumerable number of uses of for virtual reality and virtual reality headsets such as the Oculus Rift that we’ve only just recently started to explore. One of these uses, apprently, is helping to recruit citizens into the military, which is exactly what the British Army is doing with help from Oculus Rift by dropping potential soldiers into virtual live fire exercises. 

The British Army’s latest recruitment drive harnesses the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset to drop potential soldiers into the midst of a live fire Army Reserve exercise on Salisbury Plain. The Army is deploying the VR headset for the first time today at Waterloo Station in London. Members of the public take a seat in a Range Rover before strapping on the Oculus Rift. In the simulation, the potential recruit plays the crewman of a Challenger 2 tank, surrounded by other tanks engaging enemy positions, as well as communicating with other armored vehicles driving alongside them.

By Louie Baur

+Louie Baur is Editor at Long Beach Louie, a Long Beach Restaurant Review site as well as Skateboard Park. Find him on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

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