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Readers Respond: Should Army Basic Training Recruits be Allowed to use Cell Phones?

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How Can using phones make you soft? That sounds like an ignorant response! Its a nice thing to hear from your folk every once in a while.
—Guest D.Wells

Army jokes

Army recruits will be safe. They're on the homeland just training. Their not in jail their at camp. They can quit and leave. However if their not home before their BMT ends then their doing fine because they choose to stay and are able to take the heat. Everday you don't see your recruit home should be a good day because they didn't quit. everyday you don't get a call saying he/she is hurt should be a good day because they're safe. 5-30-60 minute phone calls weekly are a joke.
—Guest USMC

Absolutely NOT

Look, I love my man as much as all of the rest of you feel about your loved ones. I HATE not being able to text or talk to him. He's been gone a month already, got a 2-min allowance for a phone call and his mom missed the call. Got another 2-min and I was able to talk to him. No, 2 minutes does not feel like enough, ever but that's SELFISH. These guys and gals go into the Army for a reason and they need to be broken down in order to be built back up into what the Army wants and needs in a Soldier. Stop being selfish, love your son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife, significant other THROUGH IT. They will be back, they will get a few minutes every couple of weeks and they will be better for it. They need to learn to survive without ANYTHING, and you do too if you want to stick by their side...
—Guest Liz (US Army girlfriend)

NO

i must agree with all the marines who are posting. i am not even in the military myself and must agree with what has been said. marines are tough as nails and they don't get that benefit, so why should the army. you should be training to become a soldier, you knew what you signed up for. i respect the marines, thank you for your efforts and service! marines are truly soldiers. and in my opinion, army is soft if they can allow these things. its basic/boot camp. what did you expect?! to be pampered like a civilian, then why did you enlist?
—falcon808

Yes

My bestfriend Cody is away at boot camp right now. I have all the letters he's written under my pillow. I'd kill to here is voice and have him say it was all gonna be alright.
—Guest Hannah

Call home.....

they should get a least 5 minutes every week to call home
—Guest Evelyn

no

Marines dont get to use cell phones in boot camp so why should the army? because there soft, and sweet, and want to take selfies in basic? heinous, basic and boot camp is supose to turn you into a warrior and break the civilian in you, its not to be a fucking summer camp for boy scouts. well i guess for the army it is lmao....i guess thats why the army is well equiped and marines are well trained. Marines can kill with anything
—Guest usmc 0331

think about it this way

Yes, soldiers avoid have phone or email access on Sundays, as it is their day off anyway. Dont get me wrong, I think any time you can get without a phone or computer is so good for you, and handwritten letters are so much nicer, but as a long distance couple (him SA, me Aus), he's been gone for nearly a month and his letter stop hasn't arrived.
—Guest Long distance military girlfriend

Yes

Yes It hurts very much to be in a relationship and not get to talk to the one you love till you don't know when. And it will also tear the relationship apart if there's no communication.
—Guest Kelby

yes

I think they should have there phone because if your engaged to somebody and the couple cant communicate than the relationship will soon lose interest and the first time they go its for 3 years and that's a long time to be without your fiancé cause I miss mine
—Guest kiikii

Yes

My boyfriend just left for basic and I think that it would be nice hearing from him knowing that he is okay and well, even if it is only once or twice a week!
—Guest rsm

Hell no!!!!

The army is soft and sweet and not disipline. I you give them their cell phones back your are giving them the civilian life back and you are suppose to train them to be hardcore killing machines not social butterfly's the army is SOFT!!
—Guest Marinecorps17

pv2 mardis

They shouldn't be able to have it BC I didn't and ppl are learning to rely on their phones and not their minds
—Guest cody mardis

Yes but should be limited.

I think 30 min to a hour a day should be okay. It should be a privilege. If you don't do what your told you should have it takin away but. Then again. It could be a distraction. If they would allow it after a month of basic that would probably be the best they could do.
—Guest James

Yes but should be limited.

I think 30 min to a hour a day should be okay. It should be a privilege. If you don't do what your told you should have it takin away but. Then again. It could be a distraction. If they would allow it after a month of basic that would probably be the best they could do.
—Guest James

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