Kotaku: Amid Backlash, U.S. Army Retreats From Twitch

Kotaku: Amid Backlash, U.S. Army Retreats From Twitch. “The U.S. Army has dealt with sustained backlash over the past few weeks against its recruitment-oriented Twitch channel, which has banned viewers for asking about war crimes and hosted supposed giveaways that just dumped people out onto a recruitment page (which the Army has since claimed did enter viewers into a competition through other means, but which Twitch nonetheless forced it to stop running). Now, in response to this, it looks like the Army is putting a halt to all Twitch activity—at least, for the time being.”

Kotaku: Twitch Forces U.S. Army To Stop Tricking Viewers With Fake Giveaways

Kotaku: Twitch Forces U.S. Army To Stop Tricking Viewers With Fake Giveaways. “The U.S. Army has a Twitch channel that it uses to fish for potential recruits. Last week, it came under fire for issuing bans to viewers who asked about war crimes. This week, a report by The Nation dug deeper, pointing out, among other things, that the channel had a habit of running fake controller giveaways that redirected viewers to a recruitment page. Following widespread scrutiny, Twitch says it’s forced the Army to stop.”

Nextgov: Marine Corps Looks to Virtual Reality as a Recruitment Tool

Nextgov: Marine Corps Looks to Virtual Reality as a Recruitment Tool. “Future recruits of the Marine Corps Flight Officer Program—including people who’ve never considered such a career path before—could soon gain a cutting-edge, front-seat view of what the aviation jobs would entail, through virtual reality.”

CNET: US Army says texts about draft are fake

CNET: US Army says texts about draft are fake. “In the days since Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike, some people in the US received texts saying they’d been drafted into military service. The US Army says those messages are fake.”

The Navy’s newest recruiting strategy: YouTube influencers (Herald-Mail Media)

Herald-Mail Media: The Navy’s newest recruiting strategy: YouTube influencers. “William Osman appears thrilled that he’s about to perform an egg-drop experiment. The challenge is the same one that generations of students have done before: Engineer a way to stop an egg that’s dropped from a high elevation from obliterating on impact. But Osman is no student. And the location of this egg drop is anything but typical.”

AZ Central: Fake military recruiting websites duped millions of students, potential recruits

AZ Central: Fake military recruiting websites duped millions of students, potential recruits. “At least 13 fake military recruitment websites tricked potentially millions of people into giving their contact information to telemarketers, according to a complaint by the Federal Trade Commission. The sites falsely claimed they would not share personal information.”

ReliefWeb: Child Soldiers World Index reveals shocking scale of child recruitment around the world

ReliefWeb: Child Soldiers World Index reveals shocking scale of child recruitment around the world. “The Child Soldiers World Index, developed by human rights group Child Soldiers International, is the first comprehensive worldwide resource on child recruitment…. Covering all 197 UN Members States, the World Index, which includes more than 10,000 data points, will include authoritative data on national laws, policies and child recruitment practices worldwide.”