- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Only once per week
- I use my phone only once per week, only on a sunday afternoon
- —Guest National Guard 1
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
There is no right answer
- Anyone who sais no, is playing a game not to win but keep the other team from winning and has no clue what our soldier's loved ones go through to help ensure that any given soldier will have the best chance of success in anything they persue. Anyone that says yes, to a degree, is speaking as a civillian should. Civillians are holding down the fort back home and where man kind is accustomed to maintaining a continuous growing relationship or completelly severing all ties, it's a new experience for almost all parties to maintain an environment and atmosphere that can survive without making it difficult for their soldier to come back to. On the other hand, taking away all communication aspecially at times when family and friends come together to celebrate what they helped build together, is de-humanizing to try and sever bonds that by definition, make us human. If anyone has a solid explanation that proves I am wrong that is not an opinion, then enlighten me.
- —Guest Someone experiencing this problem.
- In basic training we were aloud to use are cell phones every weekend
- —Guest Everett.g.h