DoD regrets using virtual reality headsets for SHARP training

160316-N-BU440-052SAN DIEGO (March 16, 2016) Lt. Cmdr. Allison Terray tries a virtual reality headset at the Innovation Jam hosted aboard Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2). Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet’s (PACFLT) Bridge Program welcomes the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) Innovation Jam, sponsored by OPNAV N4 Fleet Readiness and Logistics and the Office of Naval Research. The Innovation Jam showcase pioneering concepts and rapid solutions to the fleet by SSC Pacific, the Athena Project, Tactical Advancements for the Next Generation and the Hatch. Solutions to Fleet-centric war fighting challenges are showcased by some of the bright and creative PACFLT Sailors. One of the bright ideas will be selected for initial funding, development, prototyping and possible transition to Fleet-wide implementation. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Molly A. Sonnier/Released)

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense may is already regretting its deployment of Samsung Gear virtual reality (VR) headsets for its online sexual harassment/assault response prevention training course, sources say,after reports that trainees have been “enjoying the training a little too much.”

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., says the mandatory training “might be a little too realistic to be effective” with the VR equipment.

”With scenarios that put the member in situations where they must control themselves, the training has proven to be a bit too tempting for those with weak self control,” Dunford said.

“Ah shit I touched the boob again,” said Chief of Regional Training Barry Morabito, during his fourth attempt to pass.

“C’mon it’s not fair! How am I supposed to make sound decisions when a drunk, hot 21 year old blonde Ensign is falling all over me?” complained Morabito. “I know I’m supposed to be learning something but Da-yum! Them some nice boob-ayes!”

According to estimates provided by the Office of Compliance, the average number of men who passed the course on the first or second try is 1.1 employees for every 100, while harassment and discrimination claims in the DOD are up in significantly in recent years.

Dunford is not also concerned that the new training may ultimately be “a little too successful” at sifting out “the creeps” among the workforce.

“We’re seeing senior leadership from top levels of the Army, Navy, and Air Force just fail and fail again,” explained Defense Department Spokesman Peter Cook. “A few of them were caught with their pants down.”

“Literally.”

Cook says too many members are finding themselves slapping invisible buttocks, staring at digital breasts, and taking off their wedding bands before the training even begins.

Defense is thinking about moving back the training into classrooms, but the female pass rate is hovering around 98%.

“For some reason,” Cook says, “there’s a lot of interest in identifying the women who failed.”


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