US Army Assembling Competitive Gaming Teams To Try To Reach Potential Young Recruits

November 13, 2018


Because kids these days are apparently into competitive video gaming, the US Army has decided to 'How Do You Do, Fellow Kids?' and assembly some of its own competitive gaming teams in an attempt to reach potential young recruits. Some more info while I contact the Army to see if they have any positions available for a pinball wizard:

"They will be in a support role to help young people see soldiers in a different light and understand the many different roles people can have in the Army (and) help the Army address the growing disconnect with society,"

The Army is competing with low unemployment rates and faces a shrinking pool of 17- to 24-year-old Americans who can meet the military's entry requirements -- about two-thirds are ineligible due to things like poor physical fitness or drug use [Editor's note: factors which are clearly mutually exclusive to competitive gaming].

Prospects are also resistant to traditional recruiting techniques, such as phone calls, Muth said. They want to meet first "in some type of digital format."

Video games could offer the perfect venue, said Travis Williams, an Army reservist who is chief executive and co-founder of the Military Gaming League, an esports organization exclusively for servicemembers and veterans, which launched in March and has added 100 members a month since then.

"That's where the younger generations are at," Williams said. "It's natural."

Hmm, using video games to reach young recruits. So is this the evolution of their America's Army video game recruiting effort? Still, I can't help but feel like reaching kids through video games in order to open up a dialog about recruitment is sort of-- "Bait and switch tactic?" I'm just saying don't expect to do a lot of gaming once you're enlisted.

Thanks to Thaylor H, who informed me it's only a matter of time until Ready Army Player One is opening in theaters nationwide.

  • Hazakabammer

    It starts like this. Next we'll see a United Empire (run by the US Army which answers to the president as the Emperor) in some fantasy medieval VRMMORPG- they'll horde all the good shit, levy taxes on us, make laws and dictate how we play the game in their territory. And if we don't like it, we can fuck off to one of the other territories, like the Great Chinese Digital Territory, or the Federation of Russians territory. And in between these world superpowers taking over our VRMMORPGS that we went into to escape from the bullshit of the real world- there will be all the same scandal, brainwashing, lies, etc, etc.

    In 15-20 years when this happens, you can say "Hazakabammer called it. I wonder what he's up to these days. Oh right, he was executed in every VRMMORPG and imprisoned in real life after being extradicted to the US via the UN/InterPol when he tried to stop it by unrelentingly attacking and harassing the national interest groups who had no place being in my game."

  • sizzlepants

    Considering the future of the military looks like drones and other unmanned / remote control vehicles etc. It seems quite reasonable to recruit gamers and others with a high degree of hand eye coordination and experience with indirect control.

  • Richard H Sanford

    Well, to be fair, it worked in "The Last Starfighter".

  • tim

    "How many times can I respawn in the army? 0? I'm outta here."

  • Tigerh8r

    Be... all that you can be... you can do it... in the AAARRRRR-MEE!

    Actually, you do fly drones from an office chair in a bunker...

  • Astaroth

    If only the US military wasn't so fucking immoral.

  • Douchy McDouche

    "Whoa, kid! You just finished that match of Call of Duty with 89 kills! I bet you'd be pretty good at that in real life. Here's a pamphlet."

  • Wooder

    Oh Yes, gamers are in top shape for joining the military...if you put them in office chairs going downhill towards the enemy!

  • Munihausen

    Nowadays, lighting up your basic insurgent with some Hellfire 2’s is easier than beating the original Starfox. That stupid rabbit...

  • Nicholas Conrad

    If they really want to have an impact they need to make a fleet of those hydrolic imersive flight simulators and tour then around at state fairs and dave & busters locations.

  • KiritoSlayedGoblins

    Definitely down for it!!

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