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Posted 1/11/2010 Printable Fact Sheet

Cell Phone Use in Basic Military Training (BMT)
(as of January 2010)

During the 8.5 weeks while your loved one is at BMT, he/she will be authorized to use his/her cell phone to make outgoing calls to family members. Trainees are encouraged to maintain their cell phone service while at BMT. Those arriving without phones will be provided opportunities to utilize pay phones as needed.

General Guidelines:

1. Trainees are encouraged to utilize their cell phone to notify a family member of their safe arrival at the San Antonio International Airport.  Trainees will not have any specific squadron/dorm assignments at this time.
2. Within 72 hours, trainees will be authorized to call and release their mailing address information posted on the safe arrival postcard (which will then be mailed to family member's address).

3. Trainees will use cell phones only under direct supervision of a Military Training Instructor (MTI).

4. Trainees are provided one phone session per week (minimum of 15 minutes).  Trainees needing to contact family members to retrieve important processing documents or information are not restricted.

5. Cell phones will be used for voice conversations only.  Receiving, sending, sharing, or viewing videos/pictures/text messages is strictly prohibited.  Violations WILL result in disciplinary actions.

6. Prior to arriving at BMT, trainees must remove all photographs or videos which are considered lewd or pornographic.  MTIs will conduct a "Cell Phone Policy Briefing" during the initial health, morale, and welfare inspection.  Trainees will sign a cell phone briefing roster stating they have been informed of and understand all policies associated with the use of cell phones while at BMT.

This policy is subject to change based on the Basic Training Commander's recommendations.  All changes will be posted immediately upon his/her approval.

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