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

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Of course

My boyfriend just had his first day in basic training today and it was very hurt to hang up with him because i dont know when i will hear from him again. But if he could keep his phone it would give me comfort just knowing he has it near him. Even if it has to be turn off during the day. Let them keep the phone for the nights. Even if they can talk on them. Let them text. That way they won't lose hope. And feel so alone. There family members and friends will lift them up. Keep their spirts high. And maybe a phone call every sunday. Let them keep their phones please. It would help them and the family members and friends.
—Guest Guest ray

Well,

Thinking about it im engaged to be married and I would love to talk to my fiance but I think thats selfish of course I miss him but he's not going anywhere in my opinion phones are somewhat a distraction unless its an emergency then 1 time a week seem s pretty fair. Cause once there times up they cone home dont they and up you can talk for hours and you wont have to worry anymore.
—Guest Rafaela

yes

yes i think they should be allowed on a limited use in basic like 30 min on sunday because it much easier then trying to get every one on the pay phone been there done that
—Guest guest

no

I went through basic nearly a year ago, I didn't bring my phone cause before basic I didn't even think that would even be a topic. allowing phones? all I did was write letters. basic training is supposed to give you an insight into life without. that is without things you take for granted in the civilian world.
—Guest paul

maybe

Personally I think its getting too watered down. Looks like mother of America finally took over. Yes its good to keep in communication with loved ones back home but I believe it takes the focus of training a lot more. Think about it, every weekend u get to use a cell phone, recruits are going to be more focused on that rather than actual training itself. Going through the motions Monday through Friday whereas in Marine basic. You focus on graduation to finally see and talk to loved ones, that's 13 weeks. I think this whole cell phone in boot camp isn't necessary because it doesn't let the recruit mature into a greater more independent self, especially mom and dad blowing up their phone every weekend. Not gonna happen. Recruits already got letters to write to each other. That should be enough. Basic training nowadays is turning more into summer camp tsk tsk
—Guest marine bf w/ army gf

yes! :'(

I mis my love I don't know were he is ... I have depression and can't stop crying so to all that say no go to H.ll No es facil ... tu no saves Si esta bien o viseversa...
—Guest Hinocat

yes?

I think they should be able to use the phone at least ones a week , specially if the letters are getting to them late. I am desperate to talk to know about my boyfriend I love him && am going crazy just reading all this stories... help me feel better.
—Guest army girlfriend

definitely

My son just enlisted and as the back home people his family have wondered constantly how he is. Any one who has one can quickly call home leaving the pay phone to those who don't. Much more efficient use of time. His conversation last Sunday was rushed because apparently he didn't have his phone and others were wanting to call their families. If a recruit has a phone let them use them. They aren't in prison after all.
—kmsbanr

Only once per week

I use my phone only once per week, only on a sunday afternoon
—Guest National Guard 1

Definitely!

I agree that all recruits need to focus! I think that they should be working hard & not be distracted but on their free time they should be allowed to use their cellphones. Even if it's just once a week. I want to know how everything is going for my boyfriend & I want him to see that he has family supporting him back home. It's hard for us & especially for him! There's nothing wrong with missing home & getting in contact with loved ones.
—Guest AF Girlfriend

Seriously?

no i agree cell phones should be given honestly i say give them every night you come back in from training either make a phone call on ur cell or write a letter that is the only time it should be allowed because if you are overseas and have a phone such as verizon NATIONAL then you can call home whenever its a sense of security but when a job is to be done there is no phone usage thats why i say DS keep phones until after dinner chow then collect them in the morning at 0530 or whatever....just makes things easier going and more bearable for everyone
—Guest EXRanger

YES

as a former Ranger and someone who just had there wife ship out and we have kids now i say yes cell phones should be allowed, stipulation only used in the barracks during your free time known as down time, instead of writting a letter call home let everyone know you're ok and it makes things easier to on both ends those going thru training to know those at home are ok and keeps them motivated while away....and those at home takes weight and depression off the shoulders knowing your loved one is doing alright and u can sleep that night because you got to hear there voice.....it aint easy being married 5yrs together 7 spending 24/7 together with kids and then going to pen and paper and waiting on the letters CELL PHONE YES LEFT IN WALL LOCKERS until barracks return and DS is done with the debriefing for the day/next day activity
—Guest EXRanger

YES

as a former Ranger and someone who just had there wife ship out and we have kids now i say yes cell phones should be allowed, stipulation only used in the barracks during your free time known as down time, instead of writting a letter call home let everyone know you're ok and it makes things easier to on both ends those going thru training to know those at home are ok and keeps them motivated while away....and those at home takes weight and depression off the shoulders knowing your loved one is doing alright and u can sleep that night because you got to hear there voice.....it aint easy being married 5yrs together 7 spending 24/7 together with kids and then going to pen and paper and waiting on the letters CELL PHONE YES LEFT IN WALL LOCKERS until barracks return
—Guest EXRanger

PLEASE

My boyfriend is in basic now and it's definitely hard to cope with. I get letters every week, but last time I heard from him he hadn't gotten any of mine. The letters we send get to him way after we send them. My boyfriend thinks I haven't wrote to him at all. If he was able to call me I could tell him I write to him every day and that I love and miss him. A phone call gets the job done. And does it much faster than a letter does.
—Guest Army Girlfriend

They Should Be Allowed

I've heard Basic training is hard on them, and yes its important to be able to maintain the strictness of it all. But my boyfriend has gone away to basic, he lives in gthe states and im in canada. The only way we used to get to talk before was skyping all the time and texting. But now while he is gone I cant talk to him AT ALL. It would be nice to have them allowed to have access to their phones at night before bed or something, to say hi to family, friends and to let them know how theyre doing. And it would be much eaiser on the families.
—Guest E

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