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D&D Gets "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Treatment

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Posted by Allison on March 14, 2005 9:53 AM
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According to Israel's YNetNews the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) has admitted to giving 18 year-old army recruits who play Dungeons and Dragons the lowest of security clearances. The IDF states that it has found, D&D players are "detached from reality and suscepitble to influence". It is for this reason that Israeli army recruits who admit to playing the role playing game, are immediately sent for a psychological evaluation, which leads to the decision giving most D&D players this low security clearance level, that is, if they're not kicked out immediately. Since tens of thousands of youth in Israel play D&D, many have been forced to keep their dirty secret to themselves, in a sort of "don't ask don't tell" policy. While I'm willing to support the plight of D&D players around the world, I have to admit that I find acts like this particularly disturbing, and they don't help when you're trying to convince people that D&D players are sane.

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