Special operations using artificial intelligence, personality traits to recruit and select

Withless than 1 percentof young Americans both willing and able to join the military, even fewer of whom can passspecial operations selection, each service is looking at creative ways to use the skills and attributes would-be operators can bring to the table.

That includes prioritizing technology experience for some services, while in others, using data and artificial intelligence to pinpoint who might be the best fit.

“I think all the services in the environment we’re in are having challenges right now,” Maj. Gen. Daniel Yoo, head of Marine Corps Special Operations Command, said in a virtual presentation Wednesday during the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference.

Air Force Special Operations Command is using algorithms for its recruiting, according to its boss, with 30 years’ worth of data collected from its force.

“We’re moving ourselves increasingly away from an assessment and selection program that’s based on performance and more toward one based on attributes,” Lt. Gen. James Slife said.

As in other areas of combat operations, physical prowess has been seen as the No. 1 indicator of effectiveness ― but that is evolving.

“So it’s not really as much about how quickly you can do a ruck march with a 30-pound ruck and how many pullups and push-ups you can do, it’s really more about the attributes you possess,” Slife said, including leadership skills, resilience and other interpersonal strengths.

Source: (Myers, s.f.)


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