Royal Navy uses VR gaming technology to recruit submariners

The Royal Navy has launched a new campaign to recruit 250 submariners by the end of next year at a video games event last week.

Shared Services Connected Ltd (SSCL), which is leading the recruitment drive on behalf of the Royal Navy, was at the ExCeL London for EGX, showcasing virtual reality (VR) technology that provides a real-world experience of life in the Royal Navy. Serving submariners were also on hand to describe their experiences of life at sea and the opportunities a career in the Royal Navy can offer.

The firm says the decision to kick off the recruitment campaign at EGX reflects the fact that many gamers have the unique skills required for a life aboard a submarine.

Captain Pete Viney, director of recruiting for the Royal Navy, said: “The submarine service is a unique, challenging, yet hugely rewarding place to work. Submariners are part of an elite team within UK Defence, working with highly sophisticated technology and taking on some of the most demanding tasks in the Royal Navy.

“The mental demands of round-the-clock watching and listening – while remaining undetected – can be intense and requires resilience and skill. Many of those with a natural affinity for video games already possess the core skills needed for a successful and rewarding career as a Royal Navy submariner.”

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