Posted on Jan 27, 2016
SrA Morgan Burch
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A young man I befriended/mentored while he was in high school recently joined the Air Force.

While he was in BMT, I noticed multiple FaceBook posts on his wall, and asked him how he was able to do that while in BMT.

He stated to me, cell phones are allowed now so families can stay in touch more efficiently, and since parents were concerned communications were being censored by leadership.
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SrA Karla Kiser
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This shouldn't even be an issue. Cell phones distract. You are there to train and learn skills needed to survive (basic skills)! You should be focused on your task at hand, which is graduation! Plus, you get a few calls in to family. Basic training has become a joke and too many whiny kids addicted to technology. Get over it or don't join! We have bigger things to worry about than you wanting to cry to mommy or post crap on Facebook.
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SrA Karla Kiser
Nice response!
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MSgt John McGowan
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Very nice answer. People play with their cell phones more than they talk on them. You are a wise young lady. You should do very well.
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MSgt Ken Flood
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WOW couldn't have said it better. Of course we didn't have cell phones way back when I was in basic, I think they were still using Morse code.
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MSgt John McGowan
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MSgt. Smoke signals.
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There is really no earthly reason why anyone need a cellphone during their initial training. You are their to learn, not to blog!
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You're supposed to go to BCT- or summer camp as they call it in the Air Force. To be disconnected from your past life. That's the whole point.
It's supposed to be a closed system indoctorine into the military. To break people of far reaching differences and teach others who've never had an investment in anything other than themselves how to become selfish for the mission and fellow soldier.

Allowing these recruits easy access and connection to the life at home simply fails any of the above.
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I agree
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Sgt Mike Sarris
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Amen, we're already a joke compared to other branches Basic, what are these little precious flowers going to do if they ever get in a stressful situation like a war zone and they can't update their Twitter feed?
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I have to agree, it's not for a long length of time by any means and it gives the individual the experience they need to have for the future. Where communication is strongly limited, with that you can always write and you begin to realize the importance of those letters. However like Spc Oisin Crowley stated you learn to lean on your fellow brother for support. Building that relationship further develops the soldier not in a physical sense, but in a mental one.
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