America's Army Real Heroes Program

Thursday September 14, 2006

Through the America's Army Real Heroes Program which launched today, the U.S. Army is offering a glimpse into the accomplishments of Soldiers who have distinguished themselves in combat and earned citations for bravery and valor. The program features heroic Soldiers and highlights the actions for which they were awarded citations for valor.

The Real Heroes will be included in the Army's exceptionally popular computer game, America's Army, along with a new line of action figures. The game can be found at

Introduction of Real Heroes into the online world of America's Army provides young adults with concrete examples of how young Soldiers from across America make profound contributions in the defense of freedom and how their contributions have fundamentally shaped their personal development.

With the release America's Army: Special Forces (Overmatch), the 22nd installment in the America's Army game series, the Real Heroes and their stories will provide the game's over 7.5 million registered users with new insights into Soldiering in the U.S. Army. The Real Heroes will also be highlighted on the official U.S. Army site and as collectable action figures available at major retail outlets in the coming months.


Program for Soldiers to Earn $1,000 Referral Bonus Expanded

The latest recruiting incentive that will pay Soldiers a $1,000 lump payment for referring applicants who enlist, complete basic training, and graduate advanced individual training has been expanded. Effective 1 June 2006, Army Retirees are eligible to provide referrals under this program and receive the $1K bonus by referring persons that have not previously conducted an appointment with a recruiter.

The Secretary of the Army may pay a bonus to any Soldier who refers to an Army recruiter a person who has not previously served in the Armed Forces and enlists in either the Active Army, Army National Guard or the Army Reserves. The referral may not be an immediate family member and the Soldier referring may not be serving in a recruiting or retention assignment.


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"The America's Army Real Heroes program puts a face on some of the exceptional Soldiers who are at the forefront in the defense of freedom. Young adults learn of some of the accomplishments of these heroic men and women and about their motivations to serve their country," said Colonel Casey Wardynski, Project Director for America's Army.


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