Online gaming Defence's new recruitment tool

Defence candidates play virtual battles in cyberspace

The Department of Defence's recruitment arm, Defence Force Recruiting (DFR), has launched an online game site to attract more people into defence jobs.

The DFR touts the "growing success" of online games in attracting potential candidates as the primary motivation for developing the Defence Jobs Games portal.

DFR director-general Brigadier Simon Gould said the site - to go live on Monday, July 16 - will harness the advantages of the current suite of casual games and enable an active community to build around them.

"Our games have proven remarkably successful in attracting people to look at a career in the defence force," Gould said.

"So we've built the Defence Jobs Games site to act as a portal for the expanding suite of games we've produced."

The new site will collate a wide range of games - including Extreme Battleships, Supreme Air Combat, and a new army game - and will offer potential candidates as much of an experience as they want, without demanding a great investment of time, according to the department.

"Putting all the games on the one site will also offer the user the ability to play from a range of online games with others while earning points, awards and advancing through the ranks of the navy, army and air force." Gould said.

Registered users can also build avatars of themselves, to add a personalized touch to the experience.

The site is developed in Flash and is online at

The idea of using computer games to attract new recruits into the military began in 2002 in the US with the release of the first-person shooter America's Army.

Of the local games, the navy claims Extreme Battleships, launched in September last year, has attracted 1,030,379 visits to date, and Supreme Air Combat has had 317,261 visits since March 2007.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Rodney Gedda

Show Comments



Sansai 6-Outlet Power Board + 4-Port USB Charging Station

Learn more >

Victorinox Werks Professional Executive 17 Laptop Case

Learn more >



Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?