Peer to Peer encourages Soldiers to 'make a movie, save a life'
January 5, 2011
FORT RUCKER, Ala. - The U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center and the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program are calling all Soldiers to put their best safety stories on camera for a chance to win the Third Annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition.
"The power of peer influence, especially among our Soldiers, is truly something we need to harness to help us prevent accidents and save lives throughout our Army," said Col. Scott Thompson, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center deputy commander. "The Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition puts our Soldiers center stage so they are able to share their own messages directly with their peers, and through that sharing, possibly save a life."
The Peer to Peer competition, which is open through June 30, encourages Soldiers to make short videos highlighting off-duty safety topics including, but not limited to, driving, motorcycles, privately owned weapons and sports activities. Videos may be as long as 180 seconds and, when complete, should be posted to the USACR/Safety Center website for consideration.
"This competition challenges Soldiers to personalize safety messaging and pick topics that have meaning for them and their peers," said Dr. Patricia LeDuc, USACR/Safety Center Human Factors Task Force director and Peer to Peer competition facilitator. "A good video captures your attention, evokes emotion and makes you think."
Submitted videos will be judged on concept, message effectiveness and creativity, with the top three entrants sharing a $4,000 prize package to benefit their local BOSS programs.
LeDuc said the partnership with BOSS helps the center expand the video competition to reach all corners of the Army.
"Our partnership with BOSS is what makes the prizes possible, and because of this, we anticipate that more Soldiers are going to want to make great videos to share with their fellow Soldiers," she said. "More Soldiers mean more great videos that will spread important safety messages across our Army."
Last year's winning video team from 55th Signal Company (Combat Camera) submitted a comedic video focusing on cell phone use and driving. It points out some of the trouble people can get in when they talk on a cell phone and drive.
Spc. Canaan Radcliffe, director of last year's winning video, said the Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition is a great program.
Thompson said he knows that every Soldier has a favorite "there I was story" and is encouraging all troops to take the time to put their story on video to help spread important safety messages.
"During my career, I have come across many Soldiers who are fantastic storytellers, and I am looking forward to seeing what great safety stories our troops are going to tell during this competition," he said.
A list of rules and video submission guidelines for the Third Annual Peer to Peer Safety Video Competition is available at https://safety.army.mil/peertopeer. Entrants may submit their entries at this site and view videos submitted during the previous two competitions.