Air Force Turns to VR for Suicide Prevention Training
The Air Force is turning to virtual reality technology to train its airmen to recognize and help others at risk of self-harm.
The service is using VR training to put airmen in life-like situations to practice how to get a distressed person help. With social distancing requirements, in-person training and face-to-face conversations pose a greater risk for COVID-19 transmission, a risk reduced by VR training with users communicating through a headset.
The Air Force has also embraced VR for other training, like flying and maintenance.