Posted on Oct 5, 2014
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Now I can understand the usefulness of cell phones in the military, however, I believe they are a massive contributing factor in the lack of proper planning, dissemination of information, and delegation. The way I see this happening is that too many of our leaders are relying on the fact that if they forget to put something out, they have the ease and convenience of just making a quick call or text and pushing it out through the call roster. It creates the complacency in a garrison environment that allows the small simple things that may affect a mission, such as 'clean sweep' areas of responsibility(Ft. Bragg Bi Annual mission) to be missed, and allows it to be pushed out rapidly in a reliable manner. Now when you are deployed and comms are shaky at best, it creates an environment where small simple thing such as sectors of fire are able to be missed and possibly get someone killed. It seems to me that this ease of pushing out changes doesn't force leaders to properly think through the most likely COAs Essentially what I see is the fact that prior to cell phones, the military operated just fine, and didn't collapse. With that being said we as leaders need to always remember and practice the 7Ps. Proper Planning & Preparation, Prevents Piss Poor Performance.
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PO1 Master-at-Arms
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I see where you're heading with that, and you have a great point indeed. That's where 'train as we fight, fight as we train' concept has to come in, where we as leaders are compelled to polish our communication skills out in the field with limited or technology-free environment. Hooah!
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I couldn't have said it better myself... I just made a similar post about this in another thread.
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MSG Tom Earley
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When I was a Scout Platoon Sergeant in Hawaii back in the late 90s our Troop Commander had a no cell phone policy when in the field. Needles to say their are remnants of many shattered cell phones at East Range, Kahukus, and PTA.
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