Posted on Oct 24, 2015
MAJ David Vermillion
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CSM Michael J. Uhlig
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Folks, don't jump on the ban the cell phone bandwagon because it is a popular answer. I encourage you that before you make a overall policy/standard, you ought to consider that some of your people have some extenuating things going on, for instance pregnant spouse; sick family members; or even they use the devices to communicate your desires to others within the Platoon/Unit. There is a time & place to use them - ensure they know the expectations ahead of time and they will comply.

Look when its time for work, do work! I do not have a problem with troops bringing their devices to training/deployments but they will not take them on mission as some of these devices use a RF that could trigger an IED or could give our adversary knowledge if it would work while in the vicinity of a DUKE/WARLOCK etc.
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MAJ David Vermillion
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Thanks, great insight.
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PVT James Strait
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I'm not a Luddite, but I've got a fetish about cell phones in the work place...civilian or military. Yes, as CSM Uhlig pointed out, extenuating circumstances need to be considered. But during an exercise which is supposed to simulate a combat circumstance where security is paramount the idea of limiting cell phone usage is a question?

Soldiers live different dynamics than civilians and if they don't appreciate the unique importance of their positions, then they haven't been trained properly...or, they're simply not bright enough for their jobs and should consider a civilian career at McDonald's. (They don't permit cell phone usage during duty hours are Mickey-D's, so that same solider wouldn't be smart enough to work at a hamburger joint!)

I mean...c'mon...really? Cell phone restrictions during FTX or isolation is a question? Really? Who the hell's in charge?
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No cell phones period. Take them away at the beginning of training, give the phones back when mission complete. No distractions
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CW5 Jim Steddum
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If I cannot use a cell phone in the Pentagon or in any major Headquarters building on a day-to-day basis, WHY would we even allow private devices in operations or training? Seems to me perhaps it is a leadership problem...
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MAJ David Vermillion
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Good point. Respect for authority.
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There should be a place where cell phones can be collected even in a training environment. I don't know how long your unit goes to the field but in my case it's a month + the real Question is is it really worth robbing soldiers of communication with family if there are measures that can be taken to prevent PEDs from being brought into restricted areas.
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