December 26, 2010
<b>What is it' </b>
The "America's Army" game is one of the most popular video action games in the country due in large part to the unique look inside the U.S. Army that it affords gamers, and its non-stop action as players are transformed into Soldiers.
It provides players with an authentic military experience, from exploring the development of Soldiers in individual and collective training, to their deployment in simulated missions around the world. Through a variety of game scenarios, players learn that successful mission accomplishment requires a team effort and strict adherence to the seven Army Values.
Emphasizing team play, the game demonstrates the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage, and makes them integral to success in the "America's Army" game.
<b>What has the Army done' </b>
<a href="https://safety.army.mil/" target="_blank"> The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center (USACR/SC)</a> partnered with the "America's Army" Project Office to integrate safety and Composite Risk Management (CRM) into the "America's Army" game. Now the playing field is even bigger. USACRC Training Division is currently developing online courseware similar to the Virtual Battle Space 2 (VBS2) program. This courseware is interactive and will enhance multimedia training by providing learners with a unique level of experience through performance- based interactivities.
<b>What continued efforts does Army have planned for the future' </b>
The "America's Army" gaming project is a long-term commitment focusing on the development of future products that will further the integration of CRM and safety throughout America's Army gaming, simulation, training, and outreach products. In addition, the USACR/SC has been invited to participate in the creation of a Gaming Community of Practice under <a href="http://usacac.army.mil/cac2/bcks/" target="_blank"> the Battle Command Knowledge System (BCKS)</a>, <a href="http://www.tradoc.army.mil/" target="_blank"> Combined Arms Center-Knowledge, Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC),</a> which will result in the deployment of a professional forum, currently under development with the working title "Game Net." This will enable the USACR/SC to remain on the cutting edge of future military gaming. USACR/SC is always searching for innovative ways to utilize virtual space to conduct training in the virtual world technologies.
<b>Why is this important to the Army' </b>
Army gaming technology is the future of today's Army. It is critical that the Army "gets in" at the ground level. Some of the most cutting-edge technology comes from games and Soldiers will be exposed to this technology both on and off duty.
<a href="https://milgaming.army.mil/" target="_blank">MilGaming</a>
<a href="http://www.army.mil/values/" target="_blank"> Army Values website</a>
<a href="https://safety.army.mil/" target="_blank">U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center</a>
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