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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

War vets to feature in US army game

The BBC reports that the US military is putting solders who have fought in Afghanistan and Iraq into a video game. The reason for this is that they are trying to put a 'human face' on its fighting operations all across the world. The soldier's are part of a new version of 'America's Army' which is part of their recruitment strategy.

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The soldiers' stories are part of a new version of America's Army, a game which is part of its recruitment strategy.

The US military denies that the project is a way of selling an unpopular war to the American public.

Instead the free game is designed to inspire young people by relating the real-life experiences of the troops.

"The majority of the public is not touched by the war," said Major Jason Amerine, who served in Afghanistan and is one of the nine soldiers appearing in the game.

"It is dangerous to have an army overseas fighting and for a public to become so disconnected that they don't realise that we are not automatons over there. We're real people," he told the BBC News website.

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