Thursday, March 03, 2005

Dungeons and Dragons -- bad for your military career

And while we're on the subject of Science Fiction/Fantasy, Harry links to a YNet expose, which reveals that one of the tests to determine the security clearance of recruits to the IDF is... asking them whether they play Dungeons and Dragons. Draftees who admit they play the game automatically get sent to a psychologist (!) and, 50 percent of the time, get given a low security clearance:
"These people have a tendency to be influenced by external factors which could cloud their judgment," a military official says. "They may be detached from reality or have a weak personality – elements which lower a person's security clearance, allowing them to serve in the army, but not in sensitive positions."
Hmmm. I can think of plenty of groups of people in Israel who are probably more detached from reality than Dungeons and Dragons players. In fact, spending your free time dressing up as witches and playing in forests (as YNet puts it) sounds positively grounded by Middle Eastern standards.

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