Pandemics and the Future of Military Training

published 26.03.2020 08:50

by Jennifer Mcardle from

It is no surprise that the military has elected to cancel or cut back many live training exercises.

Indeed, as training and military professionalism are increasingly highlighted as key factors in overall battlefield effectiveness, how can the military maintain its training regime in the midst of a global pandemic?

From the Marine Corps’ 1996 modification of Doom, to the Army’s creation of first-person shooter game America’s Army, and more recent use of an Army esports competition team, video games have emerged as a key avenue for military recruitment, community engagement, and training.

New programs, like the U.S. Air Force’s Pilot Training Next or the Army’s Aviator Training Next, combine emerging virtual reality and augmented reality technology with commercial off-the-shelf systems to develop low-fidelity simulators that can be utilized for training anywhere, at any time — from the dorm room to a classroom.

Virtual training applications are available to those tasked with logistics, maintenance, medical support, intelligence, cyber, and many other areas.