[ The Real McCoy Online Home ]                                                                                                                   October 10, 2008

Make a movie -- save a life

By Terri Helus, U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center

FORT RUCKER, Ala. — With the launch of the Peer to Peer Video Competition, the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center (USACRC) hopes to harness the power of peer influence to help prevent accidents and save lives.

Graphic: Peer to Peer

The competition tagline, "Make a movie — save a life," challenges Soldiers to personalize safety messaging by creating short videos which promote off-duty safety awareness. The goal is to have Soldiers create safety messages that speak directly to their peers.

Entrants post their video on any social networking site and send a link to USACRC to submit their video. Videos should effectively convey ways to safely conduct off-duty activities, and a humorous slant is encouraged.

"So much of what we accomplish in safety is considered boring by most," said USACRC Command Sergeant Major Command Sgt. Maj. Tod Glidewell. "Today’s Soldier is tech savvy and digital communication literate. Peer to Peer allows Soldiers to use their creativity to communicate safety information the way they want to hear it."

Peer to Peer puts safety into the hands of Soldiers and provides a venue to share tips, lessons learned and best practices. Most Soldiers have a favorite "There I was" story and the video medium will allow them to share the benefit of their experience with an Armywide audience.

"The battle buddy mindset has kept many a Soldier from harm," said Dr. Patricia Le Duc, director, Human Factors Task Force. "This competition capitalizes on the power of peer influence and extends its reach exponentially through the Web."

The contest runs through March 31, 2009, and is open to all military ID card holders including Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers.

For more information about the contest, visit the Peer to Peer Video Competition Web page at https://crc.army.mil/videocompetition for promotional materials, official rules and a sample peer safety video.


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