Posted on Jan 8, 2015
SGT Kevin Toole
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I'm still very new to the Army (4yr TIS). The number of text messages received daily/nightly makes me wonder... How amazing was it before cell phones when plans were made and disseminated before going home for the day allowing for proper down-time?!

Tell me what it was like.
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We had cranks and headsets and wore tin foil. :)
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LTC Stephen C.
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SSgt (Join to see), why in the world would this comment generate a down vote?
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SSgt Forensic Meteorological Consultant
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LTC Stephen C. Yeah, this of all comments that I have made... lol
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Lily
One ringy dingy! Two Ringy Dingy!!!
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PFC Zanie Young
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Better than the flags! Those arms would hurt!
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So I was in before emails and texts. People actually spoke to each other. And it was easier to prioritize if something was important enough to call about. Finally, I have every letter my wife wrote or card sent to me when I was deployed, along with the pictures that were sent --- over 24 years ago.
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SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL
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Those were the days
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@SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL Yes they were. After I posted this I started wondering when the troops stopped writing letters and started using emails because throughout our military history, families and historians relied on servicemember letters to understand the troop's historical perspective . . . has that been lost now that folks don't have letters? Who is going to mine old emails?
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SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL
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GySgt (Join to see), so true, when your "Duty Honor Country" is served and your out the Military, all you have is that precious letter especially if they died on the battlefield. So true in your post!
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SFC Judith Storm
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Like GySgt, was in before cell phones, 1975 to 1996. When deployed to Saudi, had 10 minute limit on MARS undersea cable to call home and remember OPSEC. Still have all the letters sent to my family, and those sent to me over my career. Can't imagine using a cell phone in uniform....
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COL Charles Williams
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Lets see....

We were more focused on work... We had to be by a land line phone to use the phone... You could not photo or video every last thing... In BCT you had to stand on line to use a pay phone... We we left home, or point A, we where out of comms until we got back home, or got to point A and another phone. Also many Army homes could not be used to call your home or local numbers... When deployed... we relied in USPS.

Last time I deployed (06-08) I had a VOIP phone on my TOC desk, and I could call my wife 24/7 via the local post operator. I could also text her 24/7 and call via cell if necessary.

They have also caused huge issues with regards to casualty notification.
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SGT(P) Bryon Sergent
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LTC Mark Maitag they where called SOI's, two books together and tied around you neck and under your BDU's!
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LTC Mark Maitag
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Yes!!! SOI...thanks.
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SFC Joe S. Davis Jr., MSM, DSL
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Sweet Memories to hear off.
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As a young captain in the BDE S3, I hated acetate and those colored pens (forget the brand name) and making 10+ copies of EACH map overlay by hand....
(If you weren't careful, the graphics could slide up to a click or more one way or the other by the time you were done tracing.)

I'm not a fan of all tech, but its not without its benefits.
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