In an effort to not get caught with their pants down as the world evolves to a Smartphone universe, the US Army is testing out a new program where it will give several hundred new recruits iPhones and Android devices upon enlistment.  The Army also will pay the monthly service plans.  The theory is that new recruits will perform better in basic training if they can download training manuals and read them on their Smartphones in their down time. We’re not so sure if the Army will be providing cell phone accessories like the gadget guard, which boasts military grade materials, to protect the devices, or if there will be special Army issued camouflage iPhone cases handed out with the phones.   What we do know is that several apps have already been approved for the program.  Amongst them is a physical training tool, a mood tracker, and a specialized mapping tool. While all this is well and good, there is the potential for a downside.  Imagine a battalion Tweeting about a raid that just happened, or the embarrassment of streaming video appearing of two pilots flying their helicopters into Lake Tahoe.  What’s that?  Oh, that’s already happened.  Well then it’s all good.  In all seriousness though, the potential for hackers to target US army personnel via the GPS that many Smartphones are equipped with.  In any event, it will be interesting to see how the program works out.

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