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

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Dumb

I can see allowing them to use them on Sunday to make a call, but that's it. It's boot camp for crying out loud, not camp cupcake, you signed up for it.
—Guest LT

YES

I dont think that many people here also realize that basic is not just basic anymore for a lot of new recruits... It is a combined OSUT, this is 14 weeks, not just 9 weeks. So, yes, especially in the cases of recruits attending OSUT they SHOULD be allowed a cell phone, at least as a reward. Also, many of you on here went to basic when cell phones did not even exist. I bet if you had a cell phone back then, you would want to be able to phone your spouse, family, significant other, ect. as a reward.
—Guest GUEST

Soldier now coastie

No I like the old school way when one had to sacrifice in order to concentrate more on being a soldier
—Guest Nikita

Heck Yess!!!

Yes, because I'm going into basic in a few and my mom has bad Heath problems and I HAVE NEVER LEFT HER and I'm leaving and I wanna keep in touch with her to make sure she is alright!!!!
—Guest VannahBugg

yes they should!

My boyfriend who I have been together with for 3 years and we have been best friends since we were 12, joined the army and graduates basic training in 2 weeks. During this whole process, I have had such a tough time dealing with the little contact besides letters. I wish I could atleast have gotten to text or call him once a week or more would be great. I miss him so.much, and this is so new to us. I think they should be allowed to have their cell phones when they have free time so that the ones suffering from missing their soldier in training back at home could feel a little better and I'm sure the soldiers in training would love to have some encouraging words to think about while they are training.
—Guest Army significant other

2012 of course

Really. This should be a no brainer. As long as you get them on Sundays, for a certain time, it's the same for the pay phone and you are responsible for the monthly pay of the phone anyways.. You should be able to at least use it once a week. You have family too. It's not like you are going to have your phone out while getting shot at. You are an adult and are more responsible than that...
—Guest Brittany

CIiPJsdDzHD

You should just be able to take the phone to the creirar and have them activate it for you. But their could be some issues with software. Because your creirar may sell their Blackberry's with their software.
—Guest fdcNdehXOw

Yes

If you are going to get to use the pay phones why not get to use ur personal cell instead sso they know who is calling? Just keep the cells locked up UNLESS the DS grants phone time, then they can use cell phones and those that dont have cells the line is short at the pay phones so they have more time to call home. In the end all phones are put up and its back to training... A phone is a phone weather its a cell or pay phone... Soem people argue that having your personal phone could distract you from training since you still have a piece of the civialian life... we are in 2012 cell phones are normal and we have to adjust to the new times, still pen and paper will be the most used system cause hell I woudlnt wait for a reply just on sundays I would write and call every chance I got... when I went through it was pen and paper, A few extra calls would have been nice!
—Guest rzrbck479

Hellz no

i went through in 98 and we got to stand in line on the weekends to use the payphone i didnt cee my cell or my pager till after i graduated ait wut is the army coming to girls at ft knox and cells in basic my old DI would go ballistic..Delta Dawgs aug-oct '98
—Guest cushing jeffery j

Yes

I am going to basic training in march I understand being broken down and built back up, I just think it gonna be hard but ill just have to deal with it. Talkin to my mom and dad every now and then would surely help a whole lot.
—Guest Victor

Cell phones at Basic?

Was allowed to bring cell phone but when I arrived, the first night all cell phones were collected and after that it was about 3 weeks before we got to make our first calls and we usually had them all day sunday..Out in Oklahoma there was very little cell service so we had to alternate a lot on who sat near the windows to get the best. The only time we got them during the week was after the Ft. Hood Shooting and that was a quick, less than or equal to an hour. Brush up on writing that is the best way to get things in and out and they cant read what you say because even for them it is a federal crime if they get caught. Also to help you may want to get a journal that way you can have something to do at night if its not taken up with seminars or field training.
—Guest Guest-OK '09

YES WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO USE CELL PHONES

I need to communicate with my girl friend and my family to let them know that im doing alright and to check on my grandmother who is in bad condition
—Guest Private Stanley

nooo

Ya know when your in the middle of a war will you be whipping your phone out? Its unfocoused people like that that get killed or get someone else killed its basic training you signed the contract you want to be pampered go to the boy scouts ...marines dont get cell phone use hence some of the best training and few and the proud.....
—Guest ryan

No

No because it defeats the purpose of staying there being focused on what needs to be done although I will miss family or I missed family u have to tought it out threw at the whole time..
—Guest Vazquez

He'll no

No way, I didn't get one and having a cell phone defeats the whole purpose of training. Now it's cell phones, what's next? There is a saying,I give you my hand and you rip my arm off.
—Guest Marine

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