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Army Thinks Video Games Made Recruits Soft


The Army is making changes to its basic training regimen, partially because new recruits are "soft" from years of playing video games.

NPR quotes Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling as saying that recruits are "advanced in terms of their use of technology, and maybe not as advanced in their physical capabilities or ability to go into a fight."

New recruits will receive more extensive training in hand-to-hand skills like kicking, punching and holds to prepare recruits for that kind of close combat that Hertling expects our soldiers to "be in for a very long time."

Hear the complete story at NPR.org.

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