D&D Players Fail Israeli Influence Check
According to Ynetnews, the Israel Defense Forces believe incoming recruits and soldiers who play Dungeons and Dragons are unfit for elite units. Eighteen-year-olds who tell recruiters they play the popular fantasy game are automatically given low security clearance because "They're detached from reality and susceptible to influence."
According to the article, thousands of teens in Israel play Dungeons & Dragons, which has increased in popularity due to the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. However the Israel Defense Force (IDF) does not approve, and prevents D&D players from being considered for sensitive army positions by labeling them with low security clearance.
"We have discovered that some of them are simply detached from reality," a security source told Ynetnews.
Perhaps this calls for a "Don't ask, don't tell" policy. One wonders how the army finds out. Recruits falling on 4-sided dice during basic training? DM Guide as contraband in the footlocker? Recruits asking about longswords?
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