The Danish armed forces are teaming up with Esport Danmark to appeal to gamers and tempt them into trying out for a career in the military, particularly in roles as air traffic controllers, pilots, or radar operators.
According to a report in DR (via The Local), the head of the Danish Ministry of Defence's Personnel Agency Major Anders Bech said "Gamers have certain skills in being and remaining calm under pressure, faster reactions than other young people, quick decision making, good teamwork skills, orientation and strong ability to visualise. These are all abilities which we could use."
These conclusions come from running trials with the Danish esports team Astralis, who apparently impressed the Danish military recruiters.
It's not just gamers' ability, but their willing that Ministry of Defence is drawn to. Apparently, after placing adverts on gaming specific platforms, the department saw twice as many applications as they would with normal advertising placement. I guess gamers really want to go to war.
The next step for the Ministry of Defence is a partnership with Esport Danmark to reach out to gamers directly.
Stell, Bech does point out that while the military is "interested in finding out whether (gamers) can work out as soldiers. They have some core skills which we are interested in, but there are also other requirements in regard to being able to function as a soldier. We can't say anything for certain about that yet."Do you think the military should be allowed to recruit through esports? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.
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