The US Army is now using video games to feed new recruits.
The army unveiled the plan to bring their skills into the world of esports and called on active troops and reservists to participate in gambling, Stars and Stripes said.
Although few details have been released, officials say that a website will be online soon to let prospects know how they can join and they will soon have tryouts for the team.
The upcoming Esports team will be part of the Army's marketing and engagement team at Fort Knox, Ky, and travel expenses for contests will be supported by the army, Stars and Stripes said. File photo
The Army launched its own first person shooter game 15 years ago to improve their recruitment tactics, Stars and Stripes reports.
Now, however, it is planned to go one step further.
By actively involving members in video game tournaments, the army hopes to be able to broker more young Americans.
"They will play a supportive role in helping young people to see soldiers in a different light and understanding the different roles people can play in the army and help the army overcome its growing connection to society "said the spokeswoman of Army Recruiting Command Kelli Bland to stars and stripes.
Those participating in the Esports team can also test Army Beta apps and training software.
The move took place after officials announced that the army had toppled 6,500 recruits from their 76,500 target for the last fiscal year.
The upcoming Esports team will be part of the Army's marketing and engagement team at Fort Knox, Ky, and travel expenses for contests will be supported by the army, Stars and Stripes said.
In recent years, the US military has taken several steps to modernize and used video games on more than one occasion to reach its younger members and hopes.
The Navy even said last year that it would integrate Xbox 360 controllers into their newer submarines to cut both prices and training time
CAN VIDEO GAMES BECOME LESS EMPATHETIC?
In a recent study, the researchers looked at the three games the participants played most often, and determined whether they were violent (eg Shooting Game Call of Duty) or non-violent (eg, Fifa). ,
They followed the brainwaves of the participants by means of electroencephalography (EEG).
At the same time they did a "stop-signal task" where male and female faces looked happy or anxious.
The study found that games were associated with less empathy and emotional weakness.
The researchers believe that this is due to the fact that people hinder the ability to process emotional expression and to control their reactions.
The Navy even said last year that it would integrate Xbox 360 controllers into their newer submarines to cut both prices and training time.
Xbox controllers are already familiar to many younger sailors, so they can tackle tasks much faster.
The controllers are used for the operation of periscopes in the submarines of the Navy class Virginia.
The Navy planned to integrate the Xbox controllers as part of the Virginia-class submarine integrated imaging system, starting with the future USS Colorado, the Virginian pilot reported last year.