Has the US Navy become so desperate that it is using video games to help train new recruits? Whether out of desperation or a genuine effort to modernize its training techniques, this is quite a story.
The Navy's Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, told the Navy Times that the fleet was looking at Wii Fit and Dance Dance Revolution as new first-level exercises in boot camp.
"There are lots of programs now that people can [use to] become very physically active while they’re using interactive computer games," said Robinson. He assured that this was not a sign that the Navy is getting weaker, but rather that it was "about incorporating those types of activities into something that people can use to become more physically active."
There is concern that newer generations of recruits require much more work to get into peak shape than ever before in the Navy's history. Many can't even get past boot camp.
"There have been more fractures and femur fractures and long-bone fractures in some of our young female recruits, and that’s related to the amount of activity and a sedentary lifestyle that they’ve had before they’ve entered the service and then the uptick in physical activity after they’re in the service," said Robinson.
So, maybe incorporating Wii Fit into the routine will help. It gives the young adults something familiar to ease themselves into the idea of becoming a fighting member of the Navy. After all, if it's good enough for the presidential family, it's probably good enough for the Navy.
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