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First Lt. Ryan Deopante mixes it up playing Street Fighter V at the Warrior Zone at East Fort Bliss, Texas, on Oct. 10, 2019. Deopante has won competitive gaming tournaments at Fort Bliss for the past two years, which has launched him onto the Army's eSports team, an element of U.S. Army Recruiting Command.
First Lt. Ryan Deopante mixes it up playing Street Fighter V at the Warrior Zone at East Fort Bliss, Texas, on Oct. 10, 2019. Deopante has won competitive gaming tournaments at Fort Bliss for the past two years, which has launched him onto the Army's eSports team, an element of U.S. Army Recruiting Command. (David Poe/U.S. Army)

This week's episode of Military Matters finds hosts Desmon Farris and Rod Rodriguez delving into video games and how the Army is extending its recruitment outreach into the gaming community through its eSports team.

The hosts and the eSports team’s leaders discuss how and why the team was formed and how it plans engage with video game-loving potential recruits.

Also, eSports team members talk about how they joined, their experiences and their training. They come from a wide variety of occupational specialties — and there’s even a Green Beret on the team.

Find out about all of this and more with the Military Matters podcast from Stars and Stripes. Subscribe today!

A full transcript of this episode is available here.

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