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

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Recruits in many (not all) Army Basic Training platoons are now allowed to use personal cell phones to call friends and families, send text messages, and to update their Facebook and Myspace status. Why or Why Not?

is this a serious question

No, absolutely not. This is a time to focus on training. When I went through BCT we got to use the pay phones three times while there. The rest was letter writing. This sucked at the time but it made dealing with not being able to contact home for a couple weeks at a time during parts of deployment easier.
—Guest army veteran

Electronic Era

Absolutely yes. Most people today have electronic devices that can contact a satellite from out of space which can connect them to anyone and anywhere in the world. Whoever is sticking to the OLD school pen and paper idea just needs to update their thought process, because this is the elctronic era, and it's here to stay. PS. My boyfriend is in basic now and during this time I had an accident where I was sent to the ambulence and I found out I am getting kicked out of my house and I needed to contact him about financial stuff and I couldn't. I was definitely VERY pissed off and I just find that it's completely uncalled for to not be able to keep in contact with your family and loved ones. Absolutely RIDICULOUS... for this day and age that is!!!
—Guest GR

Yes

Give it to them. If they use it, they use it, not like they'll be able to use it all the tome anyways. Our even alot. I have a wife, I'd like to talk to her. It's called having a loved one. For most of the guys in here saying no, and causing a ruckus. Shut up. You sound like an older brother who's upset the little brother got stuff he never got. It's called life, things are going to change, wether we get cell phones today, our next year in BCT. It'll happen soon enough, just get over it now, and give it to them. Cause even when you go on deployments, you can still contact family reguraly. So I see no reason we can't have them in basic, if at least every sunday during personal time. Also, the past exception, some of us have finances we need to take care of, I've seen people fuck up cause they were st basic and didn't have anyone to handle their finances properly.
—Guest Not an ass

ur an idiot

The people that say no are stupid i think yes cell phone but 1I call a day for 30you mins becouse what if somthing tragic happend at home? Its the 2000people the electronic era u old people need to grow up and admit ur wrong.
—Guest dylan t

YES!

Yes, because so you can contact your loved ones. Mailing takes too long!!!!! But I mean, mailing is okay too! :)
—Guest ohaw

No No No up your writing skills!!!

I'm being deployed in August for bootcamp, and I'm actually terrified. However, I'm getting all the goodbyes and farewells out of the way now. I know what I'm going in for and what is in store for me (lots of intense physical and mental work). For me I only have one person that I care about, but I've made a decision to just write him even though he insist that I call him. I won't be able to because bootcamp takes a lot out of you ( that's whats been told to me). I think letters are more intimate anyway, so if he can't wait for my return oh well.
—Guest Future Reserver USAR

Yes.

People don't understand how encouraging it is to get to text your parents and friends. If I am able to use my phone in BCT, I will use it to call my parents, text my friends, and call one of my close friends to pray for me, stress is good and bad, I could go without my phone and just stand firm knowing that God is with me but it's always great to have your friends pray for you. I leave for BCT Tuesday, May 8, 2012
—Guest PVT Devillier

Yes and No

No, not for text messaging and phone calls. Yes, so I can pay my bills. I leave for basic training April 8th 2012.
—Guest Bréyon

Yes

Stationary was the cell phone of our pre-2000s brothers and sisters in arms. To call one a pansy is hypocritical, to write a letter may seem the old fashion way, but in the days of Greek soldiers and The Crusades, men would leave for war for ten years! No contact in between then. Training is priority, we need to be hard pressed and focus on making our soldiers war fighters, but so what if they make one of their two calls from a cell phone?
—Guest GroundPounder

Yes

I think yes because, even though I was only 7 when my dad was in Basic, my mom always wanted to call and see how he was doing. We got letters all the time, but hearing his voice is what we loved the most!
—Guest Guest Army Brat

HECK NO!!

I am embarrassed to call myself a vet after hearing this crap!! Grow some damn balls and pick up a pen and paper!! this is what is wrong with our military a bunch of pansies who can't tough it out for 9 weeks! the entire time i was in basic i was only able to call my parents twice!! and that was once to tell them I'm alright in the beginning and once to tell them when graduation was that's it!!
—Guest VETERAN

Yes.

It's 2012. The technology age for all people. It's not the 60's or 80's. With I pads I phones ect. We should be able to Skype and phone call when we have our 1 hour persy time
—Guest 900 club EHS

Not in Basic

Going to BCT is not just hard on the person going, it's also stressful for the family they leave behind. If someone in BCT is discouraged and feeling homesick and call or text home and unload, it just adds to the stress of the spouse at home. Man up, grow up and deal with it.
—Guest Susan

NO!!! Not at all.

If the troops aren't trained properly they are going to have no discipline and get themselves and others killed when they go to combat. Think about. You can be happy for 3 months when they are at basic or after 12 months of not seeing them when they come home alive after a deployment. You little girls need to grow up and be women.
—Guest Andrew (CPL USMC)

No.

For me, the soldiers i trained with became my new family. I rarely even thought of home. I loved every moment of basic and i couldnt believe i was getting paid to do it. I did write letters and thought that was enough communication with loved ones.
—Guest army vet

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