REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. (Aug. 15, 2013) -- Maj. Gen. Allen Batschelet assumed command of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command in June 2013.

"In the last few days, I've come to understand the criticality of USAREC (U.S. Army Recruiting Command) and to learn that without USAREC, there would be no recruits, no basic trainees or, in short, no Soldiers, which means there would be no Army," Batschelet said.

One month into his new job he visited Redstone Arsenal and the Army Game Studio at the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center.

Army Game Studio Public Game Director Marsha Berry said the purpose in everything they do -- games, comics, apps, and future products already in the works -- is to tell the public the true life of an Army Soldier by exploring Army values, careers and technology.

The America's Army game is more than a decade old, but the Army Game Studio continues to find new and innovative applications.

Batschelet showed particular interest in the Virtual Recruiting World, a trainer designed specifically for recruiters at the Recruiter and Retention school at Fort Jackson, S.C.

This will become a vital tool for Army recruiters, he said.


AMRDEC is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to develop technology and engineering solutions for America's Soldiers.

RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command. AMC is the Army's premier provider of materiel readiness -- technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment -- to the total force, across the spectrum of joint military operations. If a Soldier shoots it, drives it, flies it, wears it, eats it or communicates with it, AMC delivers it.