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

Responses: 228


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?

Ashley's Response

I call bull on your boyfriend only having ten minutes to write a letter in AF boot. You may want to check if he has other girlfriends.
—Guest Laura


Phones in basic training do nothing but harm, soldiers are going there to learn discipline and responsibility. If you can. It tKe 9-14 weeks to dedicate your time toward the basic soldier skills of that of "POG" or the 14 weeks for 11 bang bang training ( 2 time deployed 11b) then you do not. We'd to put a uniform on. I've bad combat deployment where I wash my to call home 1 time a month for a shaky 15 minute to and also have seen the other side where I can call home everyday and being Ae to call home everyday makes soldiers weak, it is disgusting knowing that the future of soldiers is so soft and when seniors try to keep the discipline smoking a soldier man up you should not have f*cked up now don't get me wrong there is a line of corrective punishment and blatant ignorence but seriously man up and remember you or your son is support to support and defend the flag not cry all over it
—Guest Guess


It makes no sense not to. Why would we allow prisoners phone calls, but not our soilders? We know what they signed up for, the challenges they will experience. If anything, this is a great motivation tactic. Let's treat them better than those who throw their rights away rather than choosing to defend it.
—Guest Ash


No they shouldn't get to call home or use cell phones. Grow a pair! You don't need to call mommy and daddy to tell them how bad you feel cuz some mean guy is yelling at you! No need to call your girl at home because Jodi is banging ol' suzi rotten crotch while youre at basic anyway. The army is becoming softer and softer. Frickin' time out cards and drill sgt cant yell at them. What kinda donkey f*ckin is going on with the youth of today? What a bunch of snot nose, cry baby, bitc***! Straight up garbage!
—Guest Army Vet

Being able to call girlfriend/wife

My boyfriend is currently in basic training for the Air Force and he only has 10 minutes to write a letter. I so far sent him one letter. I did write another one and have to send it out, but he may only have 10 minutes to write his mom back and that's it. I think he should be able to also have 10-15 minutes to call family members/friends on days they aren't busy. I haven't talked to him since the day he left for basic which was on January 1oth, 2014.
—Guest Ashley

Who uses more tech than anyone?

It is understandable that no one wants the military turning soft! We need to realize though that air planes are being driven from 100s of miles away like video games, robots go in to danger zones first and can defuse bombs, and the military has the MOST advanced technology. The military pays millions to train people to use this technology to keep soldiers safe. There is absolutely no reason to not let men and women in basic training use their person phones to talk to their spouses , children, and parents on Sundays. Letters are intimate and a wonderful pick me up through out the week. Things are different now and it is okay. No one is going soft only adapting. The military does this constantly! When it comes to phones they should be aloud to use them freely when they have free time on Sundays. It is only normal for people to get heated over technology being introduced into a once tech free zone. They need to hear the love and support they have at home in real time. Be realistic.


I think once per week should be allowed just for 30 min wont hurt. Having your family memeber or friend encourage u will help u grow stronger and put much more effort into it going through each day with strength remembering what you are fighting for . Loved ones also need to know how they are doing we re worried . Once per week wont hurt at all
—Guest guest jessica


I think they should. Now before anybody who's is against this just stops reading let me explain why. They specifically said the drill sergeant can revoke this privilege if he feels they aren't up to par. This gives them something to fight for. Who wouldn't wanna hear their loved ones voice? When you fight in combat what do you fight for other than the man shooting next to you? You fight for your loved ones freedoms and the ideals of the U.S. while you guys may disagree with the phones do you disagree with my next statement? A soldier with something to fight for will fight harder than a soldier who has nothing. I agree that a soldier should not have complete and utter access throughout basic training but phones should be allowed in a limited way as I believe it renews confidence in what they're training and in the future fighting for. Not to mention this could be used as a tool for a platoon to fight and train harder faster and better than they were before.
—Guest Jules


I am a Marine Corps Recruiter, how does this help make a better solider? How can a cell phone teach them the skills necessary to survive in combat? It is my belief the army is using this as a recruiting tool. Jonny calls home to tell his buddies how great it is to be in Basic training, then his buddies join the army. Sadly Army boot camp is now not about teaching our young Americans how to survive the rigors of combat. If the army keeps going down this road they will breed a generation of casket fillers.
—Guest SSgt Parker

I think they should

Dude,honestly it should be allowed. I only talk to two people and I would go insane without contact with my best friend and girlfriend
—Guest Ophie


I absolutely disagree with this. I thought the Navy recruits nowadays were being pampered, but I can see I'm sorely mistaken. You go to basic to learn your trade and train. And for anyone who says they can't go 2 months without hearing their significant others voice or whatever should seriously reconsider their relationship. If that short amount of time is enough to have you lose interest, save your self the time and just end it. Once he/she deploys, they will be gone for an extended period of time. Hell for us we deploy 6-7 months come back for 2 months and go back out again. Their there for a reason. Their there to be broken down and brought up as a team. Having daily access to family and friends will severly dampen that learning curve and in the long run will hurt them. But, hey what do I know. All I can say is good luck to them. ~Semper fortis
—Guest USN-Enlisted

No they shouldn't

Ok guys I'm joinin the army and leaving in feb for basic. And yes it will be tough not hearing my girlfriends voice considering I talk and txt her all day but I'm going in to become a soldier therefore I think cell phones are a bad idea. Once I sign papers an leave for basic I'm not a civilian anymore and therefore shouldn't be treated as one
—Guest Travis

Phones in Military

How Can using phones make you soft? That sounds like an ignorant response! Its a nice thing to hear from your folk every once in a while.
—Guest D.Wells

Army jokes

Army recruits will be safe. They're on the homeland just training. Their not in jail their at camp. They can quit and leave. However if their not home before their BMT ends then their doing fine because they choose to stay and are able to take the heat. Everday you don't see your recruit home should be a good day because they didn't quit. everyday you don't get a call saying he/she is hurt should be a good day because they're safe. 5-30-60 minute phone calls weekly are a joke.
—Guest USMC

Absolutely NOT

Look, I love my man as much as all of the rest of you feel about your loved ones. I HATE not being able to text or talk to him. He's been gone a month already, got a 2-min allowance for a phone call and his mom missed the call. Got another 2-min and I was able to talk to him. No, 2 minutes does not feel like enough, ever but that's SELFISH. These guys and gals go into the Army for a reason and they need to be broken down in order to be built back up into what the Army wants and needs in a Soldier. Stop being selfish, love your son, daughter, brother, sister, husband, wife, significant other THROUGH IT. They will be back, they will get a few minutes every couple of weeks and they will be better for it. They need to learn to survive without ANYTHING, and you do too if you want to stick by their side...
—Guest Liz (US Army girlfriend)

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