Hey Kids! Let's Play War!: U.S. Military Recruiters Target Children with a New Video Game Called "America's Army"

November 13, 2002

The Pentagon has devised numerous ways to entice young people into signing up with a new video game available for free on a Pentagon website. It is also available through recruiting offices around the country. It’s called, ’America’s Army.’

A preview for the game reads like this:

"For the first time ever,
designed by the army,
developed by the army,
created by the army. . .
America’s army.
The official US army game.
Live the real army experience.
From basic training. . .
to special ops missions,
authentic combat units and weapons,
immersive graphics and challenges,
in training or under fire.
No other army game is this real,
b/c nobody gets the army like the army!"

More than 950,000 people have already registered online for the game.

Jack Thompson is the father of a ten year old boy and a Miami attorney who has represented the parents of children killed in school shootings. He plans to file an injunction in federal court, if the army doesn’t pull the plug on the game.


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