The US military uses Call of Duty as a recruiting tool

The US military has spent millions of dollars sponsoring a wide range of tournaments with high-profile Call of Duty players (streamers) and Twitch events over the past year to reach a Gen-Z audience.

In particular, the goal was to reach out to women, blacks and Hispanics, according to internal Army documents that Motherboard published.

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The documents provide much greater insight into the Army's goals and intentions behind its planned partnerships with Call of Duty and other massive entertainment franchises.

“Audience: Gen-Z Prospects (A18-24),” reads one section of the documents. “Focus on reaching Black and Hispanic women.”

Motherboard was able to obtain the documents through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

A table included in the documents lists the funds the Army planned to spend on various platforms, events and streamers.

At the top, there's Twitch and the HBCU [Historically Black Colleges and Universities] Showdown.

Previous seasons of this esports league have had players compete in Madden and NBA games.

The Army planned to spend $1 million to sponsor the event. The documents show that the US military considers gaming, and Call of Duty in particular, to be a very useful recruiting tool.

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