Simulation Unit for Resume/Interview?

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  1. Oxford22

    Oxford22 Member

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    I've been pondering over this for some time, and it seems rather silly but I suppose it could be applicable...

    Time to time (when there is time in this wretched junior year), I partake in online an online simulation unit on a renowned combat simulation game (ARMA II). The unit is composed of some 30-50 active personnel from around the United States and abroad including active and retired non-comissioned USA/USN personnel, including an officer or two. The unit is pretty strict in terms of an accurate class model from E1 to O7, including Rules of Engagement, an 8 day BCT, and around a week for some 6 other training courses including land navigation, marksman courses, medical attention, etc. The unit is a simulation of USSOCOM, compounded of SFOD-1 (Delta), 7th SF, AFSOC, MARSOC, SOAR, Seals, 66th Armor, 75th Rangers, etc. There are multiple MOS' from intellgence to medical fields to communications. The game itself entails most aspects of combat as upheld by the military personnel I've spoken to, including localized and wave communications via actual frequencies limited by terrain. Navigation is limited, composed of a compass, map, coordinates, and in some cases mobile GPS/DAGR.

    Considering the participation of actual US Military personnel, I figured it would be acceptable to include as part of my history. Afterall, there are responsibilities attached to superior ranks.

    Perhaps if I could work my way up from E1 (Airman for the 720th Special Tactics AFSOC Unit) to a responsible position, and could receive testimony from one of the active personnel, perhaps a USA officer, it couldn't hurt mentioning in an interview or something?

    Any ideas? Thank you.
     
  2. Dixieland

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    Maybe Scoutpilot will see this and have some thoughts.
     
  3. scoutpilot

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    In a word: no.

    Arma II is a video game. It may be a very advanced video game with people who take it very seriously, but it is a video game. I will go out on a limb and assure you that the "simulation" aspect of it, while it may be very realistic, bears little resemblance to reality. As for the folks involved and their histories...take it all with a grain of salt. I am not saying that any of your friends in that game are lying, but you could be the King of Siam on the internet.

    It sounds like you have a lot of genuine interest in what makes the military tick. That's great. I'd leave the video game off the list of your achievements though. Most serious people will find the notion to be pretty silly. I'm not saying your pursuits aren't worthwhile or beneficial, but looking at it from a purely "admissions" standpoint, it'll read as "kid plays lots of video games."

    Best of luck.
     
  4. Melosh3

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    This game looks awesome, is it just a specific group within the game that does this? or is it everyone?
     
  5. Oxford22

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    It indeed is a notch above the rest in my book. I personally chose it because it offers such groups as this one that do contribute to one's better understanding to some degree overall.

    USSOCOM is the only unit I know that goes that far to present the most adaptable, realistic scene as I have depicted. Obviously there are limitations, but with the amount of addons (Like the ACE mod used for added realistic functions) including the realistic communication system (You can speak to others in your vicinity locally (involving surround digital sound that is output by your speakers in a 3d grid which depends on the bearing of speaker) and also obtain various VHF/UHF radios that have ranges up to 20km depending on how much weight you want to carry in your ruck/load out, etc. There are even medical procedures including the administration of morphine, epinephrine, tourniquets, etc.

    There are a handful of immense environments, but most people find the 225,000 square km area of the primary map plenty to conduct operations.

    What sticks out most for me is the tactical movement, including the ability to raise and lower your weapon, in addition to walking, shuffling, running, sprinting, etc, all in an easily controlled manner.
     
  6. D. Robinson

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    Funny thing, I always wondered the same thing. I never thought of it as plausible though just for the fact it was a video game.

    And the USSOCOM isn't the only unit that goes far in terms of realism. The 15th MEU(SOC) follows the Marine Corps to the tee. Anyway, I'll stop there. I'm starting to go into recruiting mode. :)
     

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