The Army is putting together a team of video gamers from within its ranks to try to reach young Americans in the digital worlds where they spend much of their time.
More than 15 years after launching "America's Army," a first-person shooter game aimed at enlisting real world soldiers, the Army is calling for active duty troops and reservists to compete in video gaming tournaments, or esports, in one of its latest recruiting efforts.
The service plans to hold tryouts for a variety of electronic games, said Staff Sgt. Ryan Meaux, an Army recruiter, in a Facebook video on Wednesday.
Officials had highlighted the team on social media late last week, after a Twitter account was created in its name, and are expected to answer questions about it in an "Ask Me Anything" session on the social media platform Reddit on Friday at 6 p.m. Central time.
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