US Army starting its own esports team

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I saw this earlier the Yanks are now allegedly putting together an eSports team. Obviously great for recruitment etc. If the team reaches the dizzy heights of international levels, it may even have a carry-over effect for the benefit of other nations army recruitment. I like the fact they're also getting veterans involved in the team, too.

Is this something the UK should be emulating? Would it appeal to the right sort of recruit? (I think so, given gaming is such a mainstream hobby nowadays, and plenty of my friend still serving certainly qualify as gamers). I'm not sure about any benefit applying to actual soldiering though, but then again the Army already uses things like the commercial version of Armed Assault etc for training, so maybe. Could also be a way of attracting further interest for cyber roles too.

"The US Army is hoping that esports, of all things, will encourage more young Americans to consider a career in the armed forces. It’s putting together its own esports team as part of the marketing initiative, sending them to tournaments where they can drum up awareness and make the Army seem more relatable.".

The US Army is starting its own esports team | PC Gamer
 
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They should probably disable friendly fire.
 
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I saw this earlier the Yanks are now allegedly putting together an eSports team. Obviously great for recruitment etc. If the team reaches the dizzy heights of international levels, it may even have a carry-over effect for the benefit of other nations army recruitment. I like the fact they're also getting veterans involved in the team, too.

Is this something the UK should be emulating? Would it appeal to the right sort of recruit? (I think so, given gaming is such a mainstream hobby nowadays, and plenty of my friend still serving certainly qualify as gamers). I'm not sure about any benefit applying to actual soldiering though, but then again the Army already uses things like the commercial version of Armed Assault etc for training, so maybe. Could also be a way of attracting further interest for cyber roles too.

"The US Army is hoping that esports, of all things, will encourage more young Americans to consider a career in the armed forces. It’s putting together its own esports team as part of the marketing initiative, sending them to tournaments where they can drum up awareness and make the Army seem more relatable.".

The US Army is starting its own esports team | PC Gamer
You might be able to get some talent for the nerd MOS’s. Then again an Xbox controller is not the same thing as humping Molle. But hey who knows playing COD is great fun when you can kit out with 4 weapons and 2200 rounds worth of 5.56 and 7.62. Maybe it can “help” glam things up and make it easier for the recruiters??
 
#4
I saw this earlier the Yanks are now allegedly putting together an eSports team. Obviously great for recruitment etc. If the team reaches the dizzy heights of international levels, it may even have a carry-over effect for the benefit of other nations army recruitment. I like the fact they're also getting veterans involved in the team, too.

Is this something the UK should be emulating? Would it appeal to the right sort of recruit? (I think so, given gaming is such a mainstream hobby nowadays, and plenty of my friend still serving certainly qualify as gamers). I'm not sure about any benefit applying to actual soldiering though, but then again the Army already uses things like the commercial version of Armed Assault etc for training, so maybe. Could also be a way of attracting further interest for cyber roles too.

"The US Army is hoping that esports, of all things, will encourage more young Americans to consider a career in the armed forces. It’s putting together its own esports team as part of the marketing initiative, sending them to tournaments where they can drum up awareness and make the Army seem more relatable.".

The US Army is starting its own esports team | PC Gamer
USAF could do something for drone operators.
 
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#7
WTF are esports and does it involve any actual physical effort?
 
#12
WTF are esports and does it involve any actual physical effort?
About as much effort darts or snooker. Although not uncommon to hear about kids who have retired from esports in their early 20s as millionaires.

Although to double the mileage of this, they should probably also have a Twitch channel for the team too (this is where people play games on a sort of live YouTube. A few real athletes have even taken to doing this when they game)
 
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Make them play Daley Thompson’s decathlon, that’s a BFT in itself.
 
#18
I had to google it. That was some serious money back in the day!
No google back then.

Great Machine, used tapes (you probably don't know what they are either) as a storage device. To know where your saved game was you had to record the tape counter number and fast forward or rewind to get to it.

All your fancy toys you kids have these days, you don't know the half of what us dinosaurs had to deal with.

I finally upgraded to an Amiga (Google it)
 
#19
No google back then.

Great Machine, used tapes (you probably don't know what they are either) as a storage device. To know where your saved game was you had to record the tape counter number and fast forward or rewind to get to it.

All your fancy toys you kids have these days, you don't know the half of what us dinosaurs had to deal with.

I finally upgraded to an Amiga (Google it)
My Xbox one is a bit easier to use....

If I had to go through the trouble you did to save a game, I would just do chores.
 
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My Xbox one is a bit easier to use....

If I had to go through the trouble you did to save a game, I would just do chores.
It gets worse, a lot of us had ZX Spectrums (or Timex computers as they were labelled over the pond), which had a rubber keyboard that felt like you were touching up a corpse

I think Commodore 64s were more expensive too
 

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