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

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Are you serious?

No one joins up for the military to have a good time. I believe Basic should be as HARD as it can be and as mentally straining and is can be. Screw all this soft crap.
—Guest leaving for bct tuesday

"phone home"

Yes, I think the Army is smart to allow recruits to earn privileges to use their cell phones on occassion.
—Guest brooke drake

cell phones

It's BCT not camp cupcake they don't need cell phones
—Guest guest

Well...

I don't care either way if my boy gets to use his cell or not during boot camp, he knows how to spell, he can write me a letter, but i just wanted to point out that this same uproar probably happened when recruits started to be allowed to use pay phones to call home, because pay phones weren't alway around, you know?
—Guest armygf

Veteran

It's already relaxed enough. They don't have to iron uniforms or shine boots anymore. I bet they are even allowed to drink soda and eat dessert as well. When I went in it was a lot different. This is why the quality of soldiers has gone down. It's garbage. This is the Army's attempt to gain more recruits by lowering it's standards and it shows.
—Guest Cavalry Scout

Just don't get it

I think they should be allowed phone calls after so long being there. And for those of you who say it's a "personal responsibility to time a newborn better." that's not really something you can put on a calender, and maybe soldiers call home because they aren't callous asses. Some wives have medical problems with newborns and need thier husbands support no matter where they are.
—Guest newarmywife-sw

yes but limited

I agree with joey f no they should not be allowed except for the time when you do have to wait in line for the 15min you get on a payphone understand that its to break you down and apart to make sure you have what it takes to persevere no matter what you will push thru the complainers should go home the talkers need to prove themselves and the people who are truly dedicated to their task won't be thinking about calling til they get that 15min so give it to them then not before and not during only when permited
—Guest master sgt

all you "yes" don't get it

it's not about the times we live in or the technology that's available. it's not about keeping soldiers as prisoners. it's about preparing them for what could be a very difficult life journey. not being able to call home for 10 weeks won't compare to when you're deployed overseas. mentally and emotionally, you will have to make do. there's nothing wrong pencil and paper. second. no one is telling them to desert their families. last i checked, the US armed forces wern't drafting; it's a volunteer service. i'm sorry if you just had a newborn right before you left for boot camp. that a personal responsibilty to time that better. cause after you're in, they're not going to let you skip out on deployments just cause you have a newborn at home or call every day cause you need to hear their voices. in fact, while deployed it was those that called home even once a week that i was afraid to go into combat with. they were the ones who's minds were elsewhere. dangerous
—Guest usmcgizmo

Good and Bad

The cell phone is a double edged sword. As a former DS I know it sucks for the DS to have to waste 2 or 3 hrs every couple of weeks at a bank of phones so that the PVT's get time to call home, they have to be supervised by a DS at all times. It would be nice to issue them their personal phone every other week and say "you have 15 min to use your phones" then leave them alone and come back and collect them up. My son just left yesterday for basic, so I'm seeing the non DS side of Soldiers leaving home and the desire to hear from them.
—Guest DrillSGT ROBO

YESSSS!!!!

I think they should be able to, I have a cousin in the army right now, and i get worryed about him i also have a boyfriend up there and i am prego with his kid and if i didnt get to tlk to him i wouldnt know what to do its a scary situation to go through, yu dont know what could happen
—Guest Lappy95

cel phones: mental distraction

the cell phones would be a total mental distraction and u need focus in basic training. talking on a cell phone will not give u that focus. the minimum number of phone calls should be once a week with a timed limit of course about no more than a half hour.
—Guest bmann20

It's just not the way it use to be!

Growing up in a family of 11 Soldiers(mostly Marines go bulldogs!) Some Airforce and a WW2 vet I heard lots of stories. Being my families only girl ment learning strong values. Some that I would have never learned without them. Like the faith you have in the solider beside you, the bond you create to work as one unit. I never heard anything about cell phones..lol. And when my brother left of Iraq he took his own cellphone but still didn't find time to call. HE WAS WORKING! So why is it that this "so called, cell phones for soldiers" is asking for civlinens old cell phones. They have cellphones already. They should not be using them in the field but they own one already. None of my Uncles or brothers that are active in the field now have heard about receiveing a used phone to use. Beside like my grandfather says," do we want our boys AND GIRLS focused on the task at hand out there and coming home alive or calling home to check in?!
—proud_niece

What the hell!?

Basic Combat Training or Boot Camp is not a place to chill and have fun. It's a place in which you are broken, destroyed and pushed to the edge of yourself and re-create you as the soldier one has the potential to be. Using your cellphone? That's a weak basic. When pressure is on you, as a soldier, you lean on your battle buddies. They feel your pain and will be able to advice. Or, you can be a sissy and call your momma and cry about how they are making you do too many push-ups. BCT is a place to LEARN the army ways, the unity, the team, the uniformity, the fact that everybody wearing OUR uniform has got YOUR back. Not to call your friends and lolagag after pt!
—Guest Super Soldier

Military

The military, in general has been know, for centuries as a Sacrifice. A Sacrifice to serve the country we live in and bleed for. A sacrifice to be away from family, and friends and to learn to cope with those emotions. Boot camp isn't the beginning of the military. It's just the preface. As a Sailor, we deploy 6-8 months at Sea, and have limited time to contact family and friends, and yes we must deal with those facts of life. We chose to join and serve, and those are the repercussions. I remember being in boot camp and thinking everyday to myself, "I miss my family." And when I saw them after 10 weeks, I had a new found respect for them because being away changes many things in your life and mind. Those -29 degree days in Great Lakes, marching wondering how your family is and if anything happened really gets you, and it makes you a MAN, or a WOMAN. But having your cell phone and contacting family whenever you want? That doesn't change a thing. What ever happened to a true SOLDIER.
—Guest Airman Valles

I agree 100% to havin your cell at basic

I agree to having your cell there because me personally I am looking forward to being a soldier. I am waiting for a medical waiver to be approved. But really a phone call just to hear my fiancé or my little brothers is what would motivate me. I would pusher harder to make the best to make sure I got a phone call. I would show to be a good soldier. I bet if the done they would see alot of good soldiers rise up. And for soldiers who did quit well they just weren't meant to be a soldier. Yes I do have to give an agreement that they need to be combat ready and stuff but along with that they need family support to make them that way.
—Guest Waiting to become a soldier

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