In a not-too-distant future, recruiting for military special operations could focus less on aptitude scores and physical fitness and more on a computer algorithm that can predict success based on past candidates.
At least, that’s the theory.
Officials with U.S. Special Operations Command are experimenting with artificial intelligence and machine learning to determine whether it’s possible to highlight the qualities that distinguish an ideal operator. This summer, officials began collecting and assessing a wide swath of data regarding candidates for Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command, said David Spirk, SOCOM’s chief data officer.
“It’s really going to be our first experiment. It’s exciting,” he said at a Special Operations Policy Forum hosted this month by the New America think tank.