Editor’s Note: The following article highlights the Call of Duty endowment, the nonprofit organization under Activision, a video game publisher. Committed to filling its ranks with talented members of the military community, Activision is a Hirepurpose client. Learn more here.
Call of Duty fans can now help veterans find high-quality careers just by playing the game. Through Activision’s non-profit organization, the Call of Duty Endowment, it has created the Race to 1,000 Jobs campaign, an effort to provide employment opportunities to a thousand veterans by raising $1 million during the next two weeks.
“There’s no doubt that veterans make great employees — that’s not a throw away comment, it’s what data from over 1 million Fortune 500 corporate employees shows,” says Dan Goldenberg, executive director of the Endowment. On top of the Race to 1,000 Jobs campaign, the Endowment has also invested more than $7 million in grants for nonprofits that prepare veterans to succeed in the job market. These grants are awarded annually through its Seal of Distinction initiative, a vigorous application and vetting process.
There are a few ways to get involved. Starting Sunday, Nov. 2, five gaming personalities will be livestreaming the latest title in the Call of Duty franchise, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, on Twitch, a game-focused, web-broadcasting platform. They will also be taking donations for the Call of Duty Endowment.
Additionally, starting on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’s launch day, Nov. 4, players can pick up some limited-edition dog tags, with profits going directly to the Endowment. However, starting immediately, players can get involved by creating their own fundraising page for the Veteran’s Day game-athon. Players can receive pledges from friends and family to participate on Nov. 11. The top fundraiser will win a trip to San Francisco to tour Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games’ headquarters, and meet the creators of the game. Activision will match all donations made during the game-athon, up to a total of a million dollars.
Last year, through the sale of dog tags alone, the endowment raised more than $1.9 million in profits that went toward veteran nonprofit organizations.
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing walk to waiting family members and friends after stepping off of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2018 (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)
The U.S. Air Force has issued new guidelines for active-duty, reserve and National Guard airmen who are considered non-deployable, and officials will immediately begin flagging those who have been unable to deploy for 12 consecutive months for separation consideration.
A small unmanned aerial vehicle built by service academy cadets is shown here flying above ground. This type of small UAV was used by cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, during a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-sponsored competition at Camp Roberts, California, April 23-25, 2017. During the competition, cadets and midshipmen controlled small UAVs in "swarm" formations to guard territory on the ground at Camp Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Drones have been used in conflicts across the globe and will play an even more important role in the future of warfare. But, the future of drones in combat will be different than what we have seen before.
The U.S. military can set itself apart from others by embracing autonomous drone warfare through swarming — attacking an enemy from multiple directions through dispersed and pulsing attacks. There is already work being done in this area: The U.S. military tested its own drone swarm in 2017, and the UK announced this week it would fund research into drone swarms that could potentially overwhelm enemy air defenses.
I propose we look to the amoeba, a single-celled organism, as a model for autonomous drones in swarm warfare. If we were to use the amoeba as this model, then we could mimic how the organism propels itself by changing the structure of its body with the purpose of swarming and destroying an enemy.