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The U.S. Navy Is Recruiting With VR

May 26, 2017 at 3:22 PM ET

The U.S. Navy is using virtual reality as a way for civilians to experience combat. It’s the latest tool in the military’s recruitment arsenal. The game uses an Oculus Rift to put the player in the shoes of a boat pilot on a mission to extract a Navy SEAL team taking enemy fire. Players feel vibrations from the boat thanks to a wearable sound pack. Potential recruits drive the boat, but don’t get to fire guns.

The Navy has been using VR since October as part of its recruitment efforts. The Navy wants to recruit more than 44,000 people this year.