For the U.S. Military, Video Games Get Serious
The latest news, images, videos, career information, and links from the U.S. Army. So I'm a total novice when it comes to dating online, really dating at all. Typically, if I asked for either a number or a real date, I was met with radio with my family, where we all got drunk and played a full game of Monopoly. Romance scam targets women using stolen photos of US troops. millions of people across the globe, started using online dating sites to meet.
She asked to speak with him in person or via Skype, but the man said that wasn't allowed. Image shows her scammer's profile "Soldierheart Schuster was happy to help him, excited even. The money requests didn't stop there. Shortly after the first wire transfer, the man told her that he wanted to get out of the Air Force and join some of his pilot friends in starting a private company that flies charter planes.
She was told the military wouldn't let him access his bank accounts, so he needed her help to make his dream happen. Schuster had her doubts, but said she was so scared that she might lose him that she was willing to keep wiring the money through Western Union.
His office has received calls from the United States, Japan, Britain and Australia — all from women who thought they were in love with a U. Grey says many of these criminals work out of cyber cafes in west African countries such as Nigeria and Ghana.
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They steal soldiers' photos from social media, create a fake backstory and profile for the photographs and then target unsuspecting women on online dating sites. The scams tend to pick up around the holidays, Grey said, so women dating online need to be careful. The scammer sent this image to Schuster claiming that it was her pilot. Notice that he told her that he was in the Air Force, but this is a Navy uniform. Grey said his office recently received a letter from the Sergeant of Arms for the "Senate Forces Command," but no such entity exists.
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Army logos, but that the dating profile may say the person is in the Navy. The participants can toss physical objects such as mock grenades that explode in the virtual setting, and even experience a low-level Taser-style shock when a virtual enemy manages to shoot them. Preparing the mind for war Such virtual training may go beyond training military recruits to operate weapons, spot roadside bombs, or clear rooms of enemies.
It could also protect them from the mental horrors of war, according to Albert "Skip" Rizzo, a University of Southern California psychologist. With funding from the U. It is developing virtual re-creations based on the stories told by returning veterans. Maybe your action kills an innocent civilian, or you see a guy next to you get shot in the eye with blood spurting out of his face.
That character might look like a gunnery sergeant, a Buddhist monk, even a former schoolteacher — whatever helps the recruit think calmly after experiencing the virtual trauma. Such stress-resilience training, or emotional coping, has existed in U. But there's a limit to how much time new recruits can spend in workshops or in the re-creation of an Iraqi village at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in Southern California. A virtual simulation or game could allow more recruits to train themselves in stress resilience during the many months leading up to actual combat.
Less is more for veterans Ideally, the preparation would help prevent future cases of PTSD among veterans. As many as 20 percent of returning military personnel may suffer from the disorder or from major depression, according to a study by the RAND Corp.
For veterans with PTSD, even poor graphics in virtual reality simulators can trigger powerful memories. Psychologists have found that a crude visual representation allows the mind of the patient to fill in the details based on personal experience similar to the notion popularized in the Hollywood blockbuster "Inception". When Vietnam War veterans took part in virtual reality therapy for PTSD during the late s, the simulation graphics "sucked," according to Rizzo.
For the U.S. Military, Video Games Get Serious
Even so, "when the patients got out of the [virtual] copter, a couple of them were describing Vietcong shooting from the jungle and water buffaloes in the rice paddies. None of that was in the simulation — they had blended in their own experiences. He wants to convey a sense of reality closer to certain war films, such as "Platoon" or "Saving Private Ryan," rather than the films he watched as a kid, in which combat appeared as a sanitized black-and-white struggle.
That's what our aim is, to make the return home as smooth as possible. Too polished a presentation may lull recruits into thinking of the simulation as just another commercial game such as "Modern Warfare 2," where death only has the consequence of making players wait to reappear in the next match. Brookings Institute defense expert, Singer wondered if militainment could also lead to a growing sense of detachment among military recruits during actual combat.
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He spoke with military officers who observed as much about some of the latest recruits. That distortion could become magnified among the majority of gamers playing "America's Army" or "Modern Warfare 2," who only experience warfare as what appears on their computer and television screens.
Few will end up deploying overseas to experience the reality of war in places such as Afghanistan for themselves, according to Singer.