Posted on Mar 1, 2014
SSgt Christopher "TEX" F.
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Apparently new recruits have "stress cards" in Air Force Basic and I believe Army Basic. Additionally, they get their cell phones on Sundays! How ridiculous is that?! Thoughts on this? I don't agree with stress cards or cell phones in basic. The enemy combatant doesn't care if you are stressed! I'm not sure about this new generation.
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I think it takes away from the discipline and the focus on training. I vote no, no cell phones in BCT.
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SPC Jan Allbright, M.Sc., R.S.
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If you have time for a selfie while in BCT I think your DS needs some motivational consoling...
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I agree with the majority of you that social media and phone use during basic training would be a huge distraction. And for those that think we are only encouraging it because 'we' made it without ours - if it works why try to change it? Basic training is to retrain and prepare individuals for the challenges that they may have to face in the future. Social media and phones are NOT going to save lives. I feel that basic training has changed enough catering to new members and not focusing on the true intent. We are not helping the next generation by making basic or any other training easier or more convenient for them.
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Cpl Jeff N.
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You have got to be kidding me? Cell phones in basic training. How about televisions, ipods, perhaps manicures? If we soften it up enough everyone will want to come? Free advertising? You mean the 10,000 commercials the Army runs a year are not enough advertisement? It is a bad idea and will only foster more individualism in the ranks. I think there may be enough of that already.
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