America’s Army: Proving Grounds is the official game of the U.S. Army and part of the highly acclaimed America’s Army game series. This free military game focuses on small unit tactical maneuvers and puts you to the test in a wide variety of new America’s Army maps as well as AA fan favorites.
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Release Date: Oct 1, 2015

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October 20

Game Update Notes (20 OCT 2016)

Happy early Halloween! Our October update is here and with it comes a host of fixes and improvements. The biggest thing to note is a massive overhaul of our 'netcode'. You can check out our podcast covering some of the information HERE

A full list of the changes is also at the bottom of the post, and Dev Kartigan will be watching the forums answering any questions you have regarding the 'netcode' update.

Account Changes

  • Account creation is on webpage is now disabled.
    • All account creation now goes through the in game system
  • VIP picked on a swap round will no longer get an incorrect swap warning and will correctly get the deploy UI popping up
  • Fixed an issue where if the VIP was the last player on a team and left, the game would go into a looping state
  • VIP game mode added to the server browser filters
  • Added VIP coloring to the VIP notification and the VIP VOIP label
  • Pistol selection is preserved while a player is the VIP
Environment Changes and Bug Fixes
  • Grenades can now pass through bamboo in inner hospital's lobby; this matches the behavior of other bamboo throughout the game
  • Closed a gap on the sniper bridge on Slums
  • Tweaked spawn barriers on Inner Hospital VIP to fix Z-fighting issues
  • Cleaned up rock collision around the central hill in Rocky Road
  • Tweaked out of bounds volumes along the riverbed on Homestead
  • Fixed an issue where the first shot through some glass would not always pass cleanly through and deal full damage as intended
  • Fixed several small collision issues on Overload
  • Fixed a decal draw issue on Redline
  • Fix for a small invisible volume on Slums which was blocking bullets
  • Players may no longer mantle up into the tree in the center of Breach
  • Fixed a minor collision issue on Watchdog
  • Fixed an unseemly LOD issue on Overload
  • Bomb and flag will reset if dropped within the tracks on Redline
  • Anchoring around the well on Slums now works as expected
HUD/UI Changes and Bug Fixes
  • Preliminary support for HUD scaling/fading added for those who have an Tobii eye tracker; more features in this area are under development
  • Spectators may now vote on the next map at the AAR screen
  • Vote timer aligned correctly with other elements within the widget
  • Background mask added to the server info screen to help with readability
  • Removed an unintended deadzone on the My Soldier selection widget
  • Fixed a bug where the shoot house AAR would not appear if the pause menu was opened at a particular point in the UI flow
  • A connection overlay added to the server browser to indicate when the program is busy
  • Nameplates now visible in the end of round camera
  • Added a check to ensure the crosshair will always return following a revive
  • Minimap and player ammo and health no longer visible when in Leavenworth
  • The AAR map vote widget now handles long map names correctly
  • AdminPingList widget position and size tweaked for better readability; now uses team color coding
  • Fixed an issue where activate objectives would incorrectly update the HUD
  • Demorec spectator no longer appears on the vote list as a player
Host a Server Tool
  • Updated the link to register a server in the Host a Server tool
  • UGC maps no longer listed twice in the Host a Server tool
  • The Restart Server button within the Host a Server tool will now actually restart the server
  • Fixed an issue where UGC maps would not always appear in the Host a Server tool
  • Edit Server Name now works as expected within the Host a Server tool
Miscellaneous Bug Fixes
  • Credits updated - missing people added & typos fixed
  • Fixed an issue where the Credits scroll would not pause correctly
  • Fix for a bad weapon state resulting from spamming the bandage key
  • Spectators viewing a takedown will now see the attacker and the victim positioned correctly
  • Fixed an issue where a player could get into a bad state when attempting to pick up a pistol
  • When being sent to Leavenworth players will no longer see the "Connection Lost" message prior to loading the level
  • SV-98 sniper kills no longer count towards M24 challenges
  • Players will no longer get kicked for being idle while an Admin Pause is active
  • Fix for a bug where players could sometimes be sent to Leavenworth for reasons other than ROE violations
  • Fixed an exploit where players could use certain characters to make their name invisible
  • Fix for disembodied arms lingering when a spectator jumps away from a player who is the victim of a takedown
  • Fix for alternative bomb site meshes (which are invisible) blocking bullets
  • Fixed a case where the server would send client corrections to dead characters
  • Fix for floating magazines after initial reloads of the AK-105 and AK-107
  • Closing an exploit where the M24 could be fired faster than intended
  • Closing an exploit where console commands could force an invalid vote
  • Players can no longer change weapons when interacting with a ladder
  • Fix for broken enemy spot on incorrectly setup UMMS
  • Added enemy mirroring for weapons to the kill stream
  • Fixed an issue where focus wasn't being cleared correctly after an admin command
  • Fixed a bug where you would not be taken back to the server browser if the server you were joining somehow became full before you joined (this was not common)
  • The Run & Gun achievement now correctly accounts for a stopped clock due to a C4 plant
  • Fixed several spots on Inner Hospital where geometry did not block bullets as expected
  • Fixed a bug where the head of a revived soldier would not cast a shadow
  • Players can no longer move or change stances while being the victim of a takedown
  • Reduced the delay for returning to spectator view after being the target of a failed revive
  • Fixed bad collision around the central rock on Breach
  • Players can no longer sometimes throw a grenade mid-vault
  • Fix for large aim drift when sighting up from an anchored position
  • Admins are now always able to use VOIP even if the server disabled VOIP for spectators
  • Added a new server option - bAllowAdminSpectate - when true admins are able to use all spectator cameras regardless of other settings
  • Fix for dropped weapons sometimes balancing on edge
  • Grenades can no longer create a negative overpressure value
  • Fix for characters appearing to sink into the ground under some circumstances
  • Fix for a secure animation sometimes playing on a revive
List of all 'Netcode' changes and updates
  • Groundspeed calculation consolidated.
  • Added weapon sway and recoil into replicate move. It was previously set to send continuously.
  • Spectators now have a reduced send rate to the server. There is no need for them to send packets at the same speed as live players.
  • The server no longer sends client corrections to dead pawns. This was wasting bandwidth.
  • Many actions with large animations now send position updates to the server, where previously they did not. This reduces the differential in the location when the animation finishes.
  • Ladder speed calculations consolidated.
  • Updated the client side move combiner, so we don’t have to send the server updates as often. This allows us to “pack” several similar moves into one send to the server.
    • Info: If your client is running at 200fps, you may have up to 7 updates run on your client before it is time to send an update to the server. The combiner has been updated to improve the combination of and allow these 7 updates to combine, as long as no major actions occur.
  • Improved client/server action sync, so there is little/no delay between when you start running on the client and when you start running on the server. This also includes many other actions besides running.
  • Sliding, Vaulting, Ladders, Diving, Takedowns, and Jumping have all been reworked with the new code.
    • In previous versions of the game, you were guaranteed to get a server correction for your location after performing one of these actions.
    • Loads of visual issues fixed.
  • Fixed an issue where a running player looking left/right repeatedly could cause their hitbox to move significantly per frame. (Known as the Knox wobble)
  • Fixed some visual issues with pawns rotating.
  • Fixed some visual issues with pawns looking up/down.
  • Fixed some visual issues with pawns when they are anchored.
  • Uncapped pawn rotation values, so you can watch your friends spin. (If you want)
  • Found and fixed an issue in the physics system where the pawns deceleration would not sync with the server.
  • Added more code to check server/client sync.
  • A big desync condition was removed from when your pawn takes bullet damage.
    • In previous builds, when your pawn was shot the server would have to send you a correction, making it more difficult than intended to re-aim after being hit.
  • A downed player now sends messages to the server at a reduced rate.
    • No need for them to send at the same rate as a live player.
  • Fixed visual issues in takedowns. The animation looks a lot cleaner now.
  • Player leaning has been improved.
    • There should be far less circumstances where someone leans and other clients do not see it.
    • Also fixed a case where the client could lean the full distance and the server calculation would not have them leaning the full distance.

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August 30

AAPG First Released Three Years Ago

8/29/2013 was the initial release date of AAPG and the start of the open beta.

It is hard to believe it has been three years! People today are playing a vastly different game than the one we first released.

We released with 12 maps (ignoring BDX/FLO versions of the same map. All but the Hospital family of maps were "training" maps. They were not well received by many people. I can't blame them; we didn't like them all that much either. It is a long story as to why those maps were made the way they were.

Our features have changed and evolved over time. For the better I hope. Some examples:

When the game first came out people could spectate their own dead bodies. This was a bad idea. :) We knew it but it took a while to get permission to change that. One would often hear "Nade my body!" over comms in those days.

Once upon a time players could be revived twice and downed bodies would never bleed out. Made for a very different game then. We are much happier with the current implementation.

It has been quite a journey. I am proud of what our team has accomplished. Most will never know the obstacles we have had to overcome. Every game has its challenges and working for the Army has its own unique set of challenges! I know some in the community will never be satisfied. That is fine, that is how things are. Can't please everyone all the time. Even Overwatch and its 15 million players has its critics.

AAPG isn't done. In the short term we have more UMM contest winning maps and a net code update is on the horizon.

Thanks for playing America's Army. We only ask that you enjoy it!


A quick tour of other notable updates over the past three years:

Oct 31, 2013: Added lean, added equippable grenades (previously they were only quick throw), added the Hooah! key

Feb 20, 2014: Redline and Harbor Assault maps, C4 game type (yes we messed up making the bomb securable by defense!)

Mar 27,2014: Mission Editor available

July 3, 2014: Added roles including sniper and M24, Coldfront and Slums, Tactical movement, actual minimaps (previously was a radar with no background)

Sept 23, 2014: Players can drop and pickup weapons, Intercept added, weapon damage falloff introduced

Oct 30, 2014: Overload is our first UMM contest winner

April 17, 2015: The first of several opt-in tests begin

Oct 1, 2015: AAPG officially out of beta with new HUD/UI, rank system, weapon skins, new character models, enemy weapons, demorec, etc.


Original post by Dev Caterpillar. Come join the discussion on our Official forums!

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About This Game

Do you have what it takes to train like a U.S. Army Soldier?

Take on the role of an 11B Infantryman practicing combat maneuvers at JTC Griffin, a fabricated training MOUT (military operations on urban terrain) environment. This training is crucial to your success as part of a Long Range Combined Arms – Recon (LRCA-R) unit, a full spectrum capable team that embarks on special operations missions behind enemy lines.

Key Features

  • You are a U.S. Army Soldier
  • Two Game Modes with 4 objective types
  • Character and Weapon customization
  • Teamwork is Critical
  • Train in Shoot Houses
  • Mission Editor and Steam Workshop

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: 2.4+ GHz Quad Core CPU
    • Memory: 4096 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9.0c compliant, Shader 3.0 enabled video card with 512MB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant sound card
    • Additional Notes: Requires Internet Explorer 9 or later and the latest Windows Media Player
    • OS: Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: 3.3+GHz Core i5 CPU
    • Memory: 8192 MB RAM
    • Graphics: Direct X 9.0c compliant, Shader 3.0 enabled video card with 1GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 10000 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compliant sound card
    • Additional Notes: Requires Internet Explorer 9 or later and the latest Windows Media Player
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 25
Well its a good game, it looks great, runs great, gameplay is simple, BUT. There's a pretty big learning curve. Not so much as how to play the game, but how to actually WIN it. The thing is, there is no matchmaking, you pick your server and play. Mostly there are veterans from hardcore FPS games (and YES this is a hardcore FPS, this is as hardcore as it gets). So for new players, it takes a few matches to get the hang of everything and start getting some kills.

But still a very intense game indeed, I don't notice how time flies when I play AAPG. It does feed my hunger for hardcore FPS.

One thing that requires work is the announcements. Like, when the attacking team takes the flag, it just gives a little notification at the bottom left of the screen. No sound no alert. It should be noticeable right away. And yeah, more weapons would be nice.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
It honestly looks like a fun game...sadly it wont connect to the servers. Even after I uninstall and do the entire process It'll work once then stops connecting.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
198.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Don't think I've recommended a game on Steam yet, but this one deserves a recommendation. It's rock hard to master, time to kill is insanely quick, some nice features like "restraining" an enemy, (so they can't be revived), using supported firing positions and much more. Number of gun and customisation is very limited to other titles, but this game is all about tactics, teamwork and communication, you'll get all the fulfillment from the game you need if you bear that in mind.

Fantastic and friendly community..................and it's free to play, and I mean free to play, not pay to win, but free to play!! (and still highly populated three years after release)

Health Warning - Will induce rage when you first start playing it. Stick with it.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2,292.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 29
this is a great 1st person shooter
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
its like arma but more hardcore
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1 of 7 people (14%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
Apparently I already have an account, but it will not let me make a new one because it is associated with my Steam account.
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822 of 865 people (95%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
255.0 hrs on record
Posted: March 27, 2015
A True Free-to-Play Game
No Ingame shops
No packs to buy
No unlockables
All weapons and equipment are available for everyone right from the start!

America's Army: Proving Grounds is a multiplayer only FPS (First-Person Shooter).
The community is friendly, helpful and values teamwork. I've played CS, Battlefield, CoD, Insurgency, Unreal, Homefront, Medal of Honor...You name it! I've played pretty much every competitive FPS out there!
Basically i have tons of experience when it comes to multiplayer gaming and this little hidden gem is my most played multiplayer shooter in the past 2 or 3 years.
The reason ? It's well balanced, the community is friendly and people ALWAYS use the ingame voice chat for teamwork!
It's truelly amazing!

How do they manage to keep the game well balanced ? It's quite simple really. The game only has 5 primary weapons: 2 assault rifles (fully automatic and a burst-fire one. Both can be switched to single fire aswell), a sniper rifle, a shotgun and an LMG. All these weapons are available since the very beginning so a rank 30 player has the same weapons as a rank 1 player. The only advantage a higher ranking player can have is the knowledge of map layouts.
You also have a sidearm which is just a pistol but it can come real handy.
You also get one frag grenade and can choose between 2 fog, smoke or flash grenades. Also available from rank 1.

You do gain XP (experience points) with each kill, secure, revive and round/match won or lost and gaining XP helps you rank (level) up. The thing is that ranking up gives you nothing. No new weapons, no new equipment, health bonus, scopes or camos. Ranks only show how much a player has been playing the game. Nothing more.

You start each round with 100% of hp and 1 life. Once you get "killed" you cannot respawn untill a teammate revives you. If an enemy player gets to your body first he can secure you and your teammates cannot revive you anymore. In that case you have to wait untill the end of the round to get back into the fight.
Headshots are an instant kill and you cannot be revived from those. Once you get shot you start bleeding out so you have to bandage yourself to stop the bleeding or you may die or just lose a lot of hp (health points).

There are 2 modes: Normal and Hardcore.
Normal mode: You can spot enemies, use the minimap, teammates have blue names on their heads and you can see downed teammates. In the normal mode you can also see a yellow text that says you killed an enemy. This is disabled in the hardcore mode.
Hardcore mode: There's no spotting enemies, minimap can be disabled or just doesn't show you enemies in certain distance (depending on the server settings), teammates don't have blue names on their heads so you have to be extra careful or you might teamkill your mates and shots are obviously more lethal.

The character movement is similar to CoD and newer BF titles. A lot of people complain about that but let us be honest here: This character movement is way more realistic than the clunky movement in AA2 or BF2. Everything about CoD is not bad. CoD has great and smooth character movement and i'm happy to see that it finally came to AA and BF.
A lot of people say that it makes the game "CoDlike" but this is simply not true. It's still more strategic and requires more teamwork. Does bleeding out, reviving, securing and no respawns say CoD to you ? Yeah, didn't think so. It's not "CoDlike".

There's no reason not to try the game. It's free!
When in doubt...Just give it a try!
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2,045 of 2,337 people (88%) found this review helpful
2,457 people found this review funny
6.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Lets run down middle : dead
Was that a grenade? : dead
I hear him : dead
I shoot him first : dead
leaning : dead
crouching : dead again
what if.... : dead
Prone at spawn : dead
Throw a random grenade : 4 kills.
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518 of 567 people (91%) found this review helpful
565.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 4, 2013
-Free to play.
-3GB download.
-Tactical Gameplay that encourages teamwork.
You need to pick up your teammates when they're downed, and tie down your enemies.
-Good variety of maps and custom maps to download. 6v6 or 12v12 quick games.
-Highly detailed character models with good animation.
-Good built in push-to-talk voice communication (not always on).
-Very minimally buggy, very smooth beta with minimal hangups.
-Spotting function by pressing 'Q'.
-Basic variety of starting weapons that feel pretty good: M9 Pistol, M4 Assault Rifle, SAW, Shotgun, M14 Auto-Sniper, added new M16 Burst Assault Rifle which seems very accurate, and the M24 Sniper Rifle which feels like the AWP from CS.
-Added class based system to keep people from spamming the more powerful weapons.
-Different sight attachments to choose from.
-You can have two sets of grenades at a time, 4 different types to pick from:
1 HE, 2 Stun(Flash) (Up to 4), 2 Smoke(Slow) (Up to 4), 2 Fog(Fast) (Up to 4).

-Newbs don't really pick up, tie down or spot. It might just not occur to them, but reminding them or reviving them yourself usually helps them learn.
-Only 1 kind of pistol currently, doesn't seem like they plan to add any others, as they have removed pistol selection entirely.
-No female soldier models. Since this is technically a recuiting tool for the Army, you would think they would target their entire audience. Women recieve the same training that men do.
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871 of 1,011 people (86%) found this review helpful
1,262 people found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 18, 2015
i went 23 and 7 and they drafted me into the army.

im 9 and a half.
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0.6 hrs
Posted: October 21
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34.3 hrs
Posted: October 20
Honestly, such a waste. They turned AA into Call of duty. Now with this game players have the ability to run around super fast and run n gun instead of playing tactical slow Rainbow Six style. In Americas Army 2 and 3, you had a run meter which limited the running. Also, while running your gun dissapeared from the screen to prevent run n gun. Seriously, such a waste. Again another franchise that was ruined by COD.


If you are looking for something tactical try Insurgency or Squad rather than this garbage.
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544.6 hrs
Posted: October 20
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Yuri The Reaper
4.8 hrs
Posted: October 19
Great game. Let's start:
-Good mechanichs and movement system 9.5/10
-Good graphichs 8/10
-No pay 2 win 10/10
-Awesome maps 9/10
-Ranks and camouflages 8.5/10

Overall 9.5/10 Great job!
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Riley Bait
4.7 hrs
Posted: October 18
Good tactical shooter without pay to win, but the servers aren´t very stable and it has a few bugs. Because its free, i´d say you should give it a try. 6/10
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7.5 hrs
Posted: October 18
this is way better than it should be
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4.1 hrs
Posted: October 18
solid game and great community
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2.3 hrs
Posted: October 17
Installed game went to create login, unkown error.... ok maybe its my soldiers name tried millions of outlandish user id's nope.... maybe i didnt confirm my password and typed somethin wrong..... nope.... go online read forums, no one can login... ok.... verify game cache... nothing wrong there... Clicked play offline the character on the menu screen was missing a body but the clothes and gloves and gun were there like he was invisible went ♥♥♥♥ that and exited. In closing if the game after you download it isnt ready to play and the user has to go through a inordinate amount of ♥♥♥♥ to even figure out how to ♥♥♥♥ing get the thing to work then the game is ♥♥♥♥ing garbage. It looks cool, read good things but if i cant even play it then wtf is the point? IT SHOULD BE READY TO PLAY NO BS WHEN YOU DOWNLOAD IT! Im unistalling it and will never try to play again, GOOD JOB YOU MADE A GAME NEW PEOPLE CANT PLAY! WASTE OF ♥♥♥♥ING TIME! I SPENT ALMOST AN HOUR SEARCHING THE INTERNET FOR SOLUTIONS AND READ ABOUT HOW ALL THESE PEOPLE WHO EVEN HAD ACTUALLY PLAYED THE GAME COULDNT LOGIN! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH! (HEAD EXPLODES)
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The keepers of the KORAL
3.4 hrs
Posted: October 17
Great gameplay, Good community, and Runs very well i have a gtx 760 1.5gb v ram and i play at the highest setting with a very smooth frame rate. Its a free game that i would easily spend 15$ on its worth a shot if your getting board of play CS or other FPS games.
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489.6 hrs
Posted: October 16
Buggy as ♥♥♥♥. Just a handful of guns. Basically zero progression, beyond gun skins. Community is mildly cancerous, and full of tryhards. Why have I spent 500 hours here??
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