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Peaceful Career Alternatives is an informational resource for youth with limited life options.

 

Militarization of our Schools

The Pentagon is taking over our poorer public schools.
This is the new reality for our disadvantaged youth.

 

 

What we can do

Corporate/conservative alliances threaten Democracy  .
Progressives have an important role to play.

 

Why does NNOMY matter?

Most are blind or indifferent to the problem.
A few strive to protect our democracy.

Before You Enlist (2018)

Straight talk from soldiers, veterans and their family members tells what is missing
from the sales pitches presented by recruiters and the military's marketing efforts.

 

Before You Enlist! (2018) from Telequest, Inc. on Vimeo.

  ¡Antes de alistarse! (2018)

¡Antes de alistarse! (2018) from Telequest, Inc. on Vimeo.

 
Las palabras directas de los soldados, veteranos y sus familiares dicen todo lo que falta y se oculta
en los argumentos promocionales presentados por los reclutadores y en los esfuerzos de marketing de los militares.

 

The US Military Is Using Online Gaming to Recruit Teens

Gamers with the Army, Navy, and Air Force are spending hours on Twitch with children as young as 13.

 

Jordan Uhl / The Nation -  Have a nice time getting banned, my dude,” Army recruiter and gamer Joshua “Strotnium” David told me right before he booted me from the US Army’s Twitch channel. I had just reminded viewers of the United States’ history of atrocities around the globe, and helpfully provided a link to the Wikipedia page for US war crimes.

Was I undiplomatic? Sure. But if the military is going to use one of the world’s most popular platforms to recruit kids, then it shouldn’t be able to do so without some pushback. Right now, with the support of Twitch, gamers with the US military are spending hours with children as young as 13, trying to convince them to enlist.

The Army, Navy, and Air Force all stream on Twitch using dedicated e-sports teams. These teams are comprised of skilled gamers who compete in tournaments for cash prizes. While members of military e-sports teams offer the regular gaming skill set, they’re also on-screen talent and recruiters. Instead of approaching a recruiter behind a table in a school cafeteria, kids can hang out with one who is playing their favorite video games and replying to their chat messages for hours on end.

Twitch, a livestreaming platform owned by Amazon, boasted more than 5 billion hours watched from April through June. (For comparison, Netflix claims that during quarantine people have been viewing around 6 billion hours of its shows and movies a month.) A typical military stream looks something like this: A recruiter, usually a man in his 30s, sits comfortably in his gamer chair inside a dimly lit room illuminated by a monitor and the colorful LED lights of his computer tower. An American flag hangs on the wall behind his right shoulder, an oversized stuffed animal sits to his left. He’s playing Call of Duty or Valorant. He’s friendly, and talks about how much he loves being in the Army. Despite being older than most of his young viewers, he speaks like them. “It do be like that sometimes. We do have some great comms,” said a recruiter in one recent session.

The practices employed on Twitch by military e-sports teams are part of a system by which recruiters target children in unstable and/or disadvantaged situations. Recruiters take advantage of the poor seeking steady income, the vulnerable longing for stability, and the undocumented living in fear because of their citizenship status. Now, at a time when all those factors are magnified by a pandemic that has left half the country out of work and over 30 percent unable to afford their housing payments, conditions are ripe for recruiters to prey on anxious youth.

El ejército de los EE. UU. está utilizando los juegos en línea para reclutar adolescentes

Los jugadores del Ejército, la Armada y la Fuerza Aérea pasan horas en Twitch con niños de tan solo 13 años

 

 

Jordan Uhl / The Nation - Que lo pasen bien, amigo, "el reclutador y jugador del ejército Joshua" Strotnium "David me dijo justo antes de que me expulsara del canal Twitch del ejército estadounidense. Recién recordé a los televidentes la historia de las atrocidades de los Estados Unidos en todo el mundo y proporcioné un enlace útil a la página de Wikipedia para crímenes de guerra estadounidenses.

¿Era poco diplomático? Por supuesto. Pero si el ejército va a utilizar una de las plataformas más populares del mundo para reclutar niños, entonces no debería poder hacerlo sin algún rechazo. En este momento, con el apoyo de Twitch, los jugadores del ejército de los EE. UU. Pasan horas con niños de tan solo 13 años, tratando de convencerlos de que se alistan.

El Ejército, la Armada y la Fuerza Aérea transmiten en Twitch utilizando equipos de deportes electrónicos dedicados. Estos equipos están compuestos por jugadores expertos que compiten en torneos por premios en efectivo. Si bien los miembros de los equipos militares de deportes electrónicos ofrecen el conjunto de habilidades de juego regulares, también son talentosos reclutadores en pantalla. En lugar de acercarse a un reclutador detrás de una mesa en la cafetería de la escuela, los niños pueden pasar el rato con alguien que está jugando sus videojuegos favoritos y respondiendo a sus mensajes de chat durante horas y horas.

COVID-19 Has Forced The Army To Rethink And Step Up Its Virtual Recruiting Efforts

Carson Frame / The American Homefront ProjectListen to the Report

Image Department of DefenseThe Army is holding its first nationwide virtual recruiting campaign, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to scale back face-to-face interactions and revealed gaps in its digital outreach strategy.

As the coronavirus pandemic bloomed this spring, the Army reduced staff at many brick-and-mortar recruiting stations across the country. Enlistments slowed, fueling concerns that the service would have to extend the contracts of current soldiers in order to meet total force requirements.

Recruiters took their work remote, but lost out on some of the major recruitment opportunities that normally boost their numbers.

"That last moment before a senior leaves their high school-- typically we're there," said Staff Sgt. Kara Wilson, a station commander in West Texas. "We're helping them with support, finding them different avenues."

"However, we didn't have that moment this year, she said."

So Wilson and her team have had to build an online recruiting environment to reach those same young people. Apps like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat have proven the most effective, and Wilson has designed new campaigns for each.

But not without a little help.

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