The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command will begin hosting two islands on the Second Life virtual platform in January 2009 in a continuing effort to engage audiences through new media.

The Army Second Life Island will serve as an information hub for interested candiA,A!dates, family members and other influencers, and for those simply wanting to know more about life as a Soldier in a relaxed and obligation-free environment. Army recruiters will also be available to answer questions about career opportunities in the Army.

Visitors enter through a Welcome Center, are greeted by an Army avatar, and can attend classes and have their avatars perform physical tasks including skydiving and flying an Apache helicopter.

Initially launched as a six-month, pilot program, this marks the first time the Army is using the virtual landscape to perform outreach activities. The Army Second Life Island will be open to the public.

U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command: Victory Starts Here!

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