The US Army announced plans to equip their soldiers with the latest and greatest smartphones, in order to fundamentally change “how soldiers access knowledge, information, training content and operational data".
The current plan is to supply every enlisting soldier with a smartphone, as well as pay for the bill. Thankfully for soldiers, the Army does not discriminate between companies and will thus offer all shapes, OS’ and sizes. In fact, it announced that they’re currently also looking at iPads, Kindles, Nooks and other similar devices.
This idea is still in the early stages of planning, but it is believed that the devices and the capability to access information at any time will make the troops more effective in action. Smartphones are currently distributed to soldiers in specialized training programs, whereas field testing should commence in February.
As usual, nobody asked the taxpayers whether they like their precious dollars being invested in smartphones and phone bills. On the other hand, let’s not pretend their opinion ever matters. Unless of course, they'd like to be taxed more.