Our white Land Rover comes to a stop a few metres in front of the checkpoint, and a man approaches the window.

He asks us what we are doing in the area, and we inform him that we’ve just had a meeting with the mayor of the town.

You have to talk to Tony.” As we drive slowly away, we can hear him mutter: “There is no need for the UN here, we provide security.”

The lights come on in the training room, and the action on the screen is paused.

While the prospect of fighting the enemy on a destroyer at sea or in a megacity skyscraper has consistently excited militaries and gamers alike, the use of VR to train soldiers in softer skills has flown under the radar.

These proficiencies are in serious demand today, as international military forces play an increasingly prominent role in crisis response and peace support operations the world over.

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