US Army Invades Second Life

Can Delta Force defend against the Flying Penis?

We may find out soon. Wired’s Danger Room blog reports that the US Army is planning to set up shop in Second Life. Gen. William Wallace (left), who leads the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command, said at a recent conference:

Over the next thirty to forty-five days you might, if you’re one of them Second Life avatar dudes, that likes to go populate islands within Second Life, you will find an Army island in Second Life.

GP: While the Army is dealing with a recruitment problem, Second Life doesn’t seem like a cost-effective way to solve it. First, SL is so 2006 – the buzz is clearly gone. Second, even in Second Life’s heyday its significance was overhyped. Finally, the offbeat SL crowd seems far removed from the Army’s typical recruitment pool.

Still, there are virtual items to be had. Gen. Wallace told Wired:

If you perform well in the activities you get points and those points can be used to buy virtual tee-shirts and baseball caps.

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