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US Military using video games as recruitment tool

US Military using video games as recruitment tool


LIVE IN ORANGE COUNTY, COLLEEN QUIGLEY, CBS 17 NEWS. THANK YOU. RIGHT NOW A FORT BRAGG SOLDIER IS ABOUT TO GET OFF WORK, GO HOME, PLAY SOME VIDEO GAMES. WHY IS THIS NEWS, YOU MIGHT BE ASKING? THE SOLDIER IS ONE OF THOUSANDS ATTEMPTING TO GET PAID BY THE ARMY TO PLAY THESE. A STORY ONLY ON CBS 17. KAYLA STRAYER IS LIVE FROM FORT BRAGG. THE ARMY IS USING THIS AS A RECRUITMENT TOOL. Reporter: THAT IS RIGHT. THE ARMY IS USING E SPORTS AS A WAY TO REACH OUT TO THE JUNGER YOUNGER GENERATION AND TO SHOW THEM YOU CAN STILL KEEP UP YOUR HOBBIES WHILE YOU SERVE YOUR COUNTRY. SERGEANT DAVID REPAIRS TURBINE ENGINES FOR ARMY HELICOPTERS. IT IS A JOB THAT REQUIRES DEDICATION, INTENSE TRAINING, AND TEAMWORK. AFTER WORK HE TAKES THE SKILLS FROM HIS DAY JOB AND APPLIES IT TO HIS HOBBY, AN ONLINE TACTICAL SHOOTER GAME. HE SPENDS ABOUT FIVE HOURS A NIGHT PLAYING THIS GAME, FIRST, WITH HIS WIFE, MARTA, THEN WITH FELLOW SOLDIERS HE IS TRAINING WITH, IN HOPES OF MAKING THE ARMY’S E SPORTS TEAM. I LOT OF PEOPLE THOUGHT IT WAS A JOKE. Reporter: IF HE MAKES IT, HIS JOB GOES FROM FIXING HELICOPTERS TO PLAYING VIDEO GAMES FOR THE ARMY. CRITICAL COMMENTS LIKE THIS ON FACEBOOK SAY THE PROGRAM IS A JOKE AND THAT IT IS ENCOURAGING LAZINESS IN THE MILITARY. I THINK THAT IS ALL, NOT TRUE, BECAUSE I AM DOING MY DAILY JOB, PT, MEET ALL THE STANDARDS. Reporter: HE IS UP BY 5:00 A.M., WORKS OUT IN THE MORNING, AND AT LUNCH, STAYING COMBAT READY AT A MOMENT’S NOTICE. IF ORDERS CAME OUT FOR ME TO DEPLOY, I STILL HAVE TO DEPLOY. Reporter: THE ARMY SAID THEY ARE USING E SPORTS AS A WAY TO CONNECT WITH YOUTH AND GET THEM EXCITED ABOUT FUTURE OPPORTUNITYWISE THE MILITARY. A LITTLE BIT OF AN ICE BREAKER TO INTERACT WITH THE COMMUNITY. Reporter: IF HE MAKES THE TEAM HE WILL TRABL WITH OTHER SOLDIERS TO GAMING COMPETITIONS TO SHOW OFF THEIR SKILLS AND ANSWER QUESTIONS. REALLY SHOWS WE ARE NORMAL PEOPLE, WE JUST DO A JOB THAT IS STRENUOUS, BUT AT THE END WE STILL HAVE TIME TO DO WHAT WE LIKE. Reporter: HE IS GOING TO KNOW IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS IF HE MAKES THE TEAM. IF HE DOES HE WILL BE STATIONED AT FORT KNOX IN KENTUCKY AND TRAVEL TO THE DIFFERENT


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