Navy, Air Force Are Gaming the Recruiting System

Remotely operating an unmanned vehicle (UxV) has often been compared to playing a video game. But while there is a lot more to it than that, the military has found that games do have value in helping them identify potential recruits who have the abilities needed for drone piloting. New programs by the Navy and Air Force are reinforcing the idea that specifically tailored gaming systems can reveal the cognitive skills and personality traits necessary to operate their growing ranks of UxVs.

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is sponsoring the development of a game called StealthAdapt, which will look beyond game scores by giving players a range of activities closer to those of actual UxV operators and measuring how well they handle it.