By Fonda Bock
USAREC Public Affairs
February 28, 2017
FORT KNOX, Ky. -- A new set of games designed to help Future Soldiers prepare for and pass basic combat training is being tested by 50 recruiters evenly dispersed throughout U.S. Army Recruiting Command's brigades.
The Army Game Hub, developed by the Army Game Studio and scheduled for release March 1, contains a series of games that teach different Army tasks. Future Soldiers will learn military time, the phonetic alphabet, rank structure, land navigation, general orders, first aid, voice communications, military customs, and Army values and history by playing the games on their mobile devices.
Educational material about these Army subjects currently is available on a slide presentation on the Future Soldier Training System, but the Army Game Hub is much more conducive to the learning habits of millennials, said Ken Kispert, USAREC Future Soldier Training Program manager.
"This is a game instead of a boring class," Kispert said. "They can go to the Future Soldier Training System and look through a static slide deck and still learn the material, or they can go on their (mobile device) and play this game and learn while having fun."
Players can likely finish each game in about a minute if they rush, but Kispert said the games are designed to keep Future Soldiers engaged by progressively becoming longer as the players become more familiar with the material.
"It's fun it's almost addicting," Kispert said.
"The game is interactive, so as they (continue to) play, it becomes more challenging. You continually try to get better and better until eventually you've learned and mastered all the material without even realizing you're learning it."
Marsha Berry, Army Game Studio deputy director, said these types of games help Future Soldiers become familiar with common Army knowledge and skills.
"The modules develop mental skills such as memorization, speed reading and logic, thus providing the Future Soldiers with a tool to retain the content through repetition," Berry said.
Kispert said the game and the recruiters share a common goal of getting Future Soldiers prepared for basic combat training.
"Motivation is part of it, ensuring that Future Soldiers are prepared so that they don't drop out of the program because they get cold feet or because they're nervous," Kispert said. "It's a matter of getting Future Soldiers more comfortable with what they're going to see in the future and (helping) them face those challenges head on. The more knowledge people have, the better they feel about walking into any unknown situation."