An Army directive prohibits Army units from using video games to train for specific Army jobs. Although some think video game experience helps meet the qualifications to join the Army, training games aren't typically offered to civilians.
Online PR News – 01-January-2013 – Alpharetta, GA – A year ago, some Army soldiers could play on the job -- literally.
However, that all changed last summer when a four star Army general signed a directive that prohibited Army units from purchasing commercial video game systems specifically for training purposes. Games like Call of Duty, Decisive Action and Medal of Honor and were previously used by units to supplement their training programs, but now units who use Army training funds for these games could see their training budget revoked.
Part of the reason for this directive is that the Army wants to ensure that training methods benefit multiple units -- not just those who have specific Army jobs. It does not prohibit gaming as a training method, instead the directive instructs unit commanders to use games that have been designed specifically for the Army and aren't available on the civilian market.
"There's definitely a harsh disparity between a soldier who's using these video games for training and a casual gamer. By restricting the use of commercial games, the Army wants to ensure that games used are included in the official Games for Training program," said Larry Fowler of USArmy.com (http://www.usarmy.com/).
USArmy.com is a website dedicated to providing potential and current soldiers with information about the Army, including reasons to join the Army and what qualifications to join the Army are necessary. At USArmy.com, visitors can learn what to expect in basic training, find out about different Army jobs and connect with other service members in its online community.
The website also offers insight into the many benefits of joining the Army, including information on enlistment and reenlistment bonuses, educational benefits, health care and retirement benefits. It also highlights some of the hottest careers for veterans and what soldiers can expect once they separate from military service.
"Serving in the U.S. Army is a goal for many young men and women in America, but they're not exactly sure where to start. We want to make it easy to get necessary information into their hands so that they're prepared during every step of the enlistment process. If you want to learn more about the Army and what you can expect as a soldier in this elite fighting force, I invite you to visit USArmy.com to learn more," said Fowler.
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