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The Trough of Disillusionment Is Over

Posted June 1, 2021

Yesterday was Memorial Day — a day of barbecues, beaches, and porch sitting. It is also a United States federal holiday to honor and remember those in the military who lost their lives for this country.

Every once in a while, they deserve some consideration because it's not always easy. According to the Pentagon, between 2014 and 2019, the suicide rate for active duty troops rose from 20.4 to 25.9 suicides per 100,000 people. This is much higher than the suicide rate of the general population at 14.2 per 100,000 in 2018.

Two years ago, in order to reduce these numbers, the armed forces implemented new programs to help. These included the old standards of counseling, emergency hotlines, and training. But the Air Force has taken it a step further and implemented virtual reality (VR) training.

According to The New York Times:

Over 1,000 Air Force personnel have participated in the training so far; 97% of those who tried it would recommend it, and trainees reported an increase in the likelihood to intervene with a person in crisis, Air Force officials said. 

And among those ages 18 to 25 — a generation more used to interactive virtual experiences that makes up the bulk of new recruits — the impact increased sevenfold. Officials intend to train at least 10,000 airmen with the program this year.

The airmen like the VR training because it allows them to be active participants in helping a virtual character get the treatment they need. They learn by doing.

And as a former service member who has sat through endlessly boring politically correct training where a disinterested chief just goes through the motions, it is easy to understand the appeal of this new VR training. 

VR and the Gartner Hype Cycle

You might remember VR technology from the Google Glass hype eight years ago. It turns out that the Google Glass craze happened much too soon — the technology and the applications weren't there. But times have changed. We are in the future.

Here is the Gartner Hype Cycle. It describes the uptake of new technology.

hype cycle chart

Google Glass came out in 2013. VR came and went through the peak of inflated expectations.

But now the technology is better, the internet is faster, the reasons for using VR in the first place have been more clearly thought out, and workable VR applications have been created. And it’s not just for training — it's about building digital worlds that move in real time and allow complex engineering.

This technology lets doctors practice complex surgeries before they ever pick up a knife. And once they do begin to cut, this technology guides surgeons like a sophisticated missile guidance system… so you don't have to worry about potentially deadly medical errors.

Oil and gas companies are using this technology to plan and build giant offshore oil rigs. This technology can predict and prevent dangerous mechanical failures before they happen. It’s already saving millions of dollars and countless lives around the world.

First responders were trained in how to properly store and administer the COVID-19 vaccine using VR headsets. Six months ago, they weren’t about to go to a conference on it.

And now the Air Force is using it. As investors, we are past the trough of disillusionment and moving up the slope of enlightenment. One of these stocks I recommended is already up over 400%. Click here now and learn how to profit today.

All the best,

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Since 1995, Christian DeHaemer has specialized in frontier market opportunities. He has traveled extensively and invested in places as varied as Cuba, Mongolia, and Kenya. Chris believes the best way to make money is to get there first with the most. Christian is the founder of Bull and Bust Report and an editor at Energy and Capital. For more on Christian, see his editor's page.

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