US Army Plans on Issuing Smartphones as Part of Every Soldiers Official Gear

The next generation of people to join the army may be getting some new basic equipment to go along with their canteens and rifles, a smartphone. The Army says they’re not committing to any one particular unit and will use iPhones, Androids and even Palms to supply their soldiers with modernized equipment.

“One of the options potentially is to make it a piece of equipment in a soldier’s clothing bag,” Michael Vane, director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) toldUSA Today, adding that most soldiers think the plan is too good to be true.

But it is true. An Army program called Connecting Soldiers to Digital Applications (CSDA) is already underway in Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Fort Lee, Va.; and at Fort Sill, Okla., with smartphones in the schoolhouse and garrison. At Fort Bliss, Texas, smartphones are already being tested for the war zone.

“What we’re doing is fundamentally changing how soldiers access knowledge, information, training content and operational data,” McCarthy said. “The day you sign on to be a soldier, you will be accessing information and knowledge in garrison and in an operational environment in a seamless manner. We’re using smart phone technologies to lead this.”

via USA Today


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