27 September 2010


Recently, Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling of the US Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) announced that the Army might begin issuing iPhones to privates in basic training.  Loaded with educational applications covering everything from first aid to the Soldier's Creed, these devices might be more handy than even the ubiquitous "Blue Books" issued by every division.

A number of...seasoned...soldiers expressed their disapproval with this new-fangled technology.  Yet, I'm here to tell you that today I personally witnessed the iPhone's big brother, the iPad, loaded with educational applications for the Raven Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, held in front of about a dozen soldiers in a cramped barracks room.  

I applaud Lt. Gen. Hertling for choosing this "off the shelf" product for testing.  Virtually every soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan has an iPod, or a Kindle, or an iPad.  It's time the military accepts this fact and offers applications for these devices.  


Josh Kennedy said...

Dude - give it time. The local DOIM will soon impose its will by loading various "security" software and figuring out how to protect the devices from numerous "threats". As much as I applaud the move (and would love to have Big Army hand me an iPad to work from rather than a clunky frakkin' laptop), I have no faith in NETCOM and the local IT nazis. Just look at what they'v done to our BlackBerry....

jenniferro10 said...

The process to make your app public sucks, but to make one to use on your own device is fun and actually not all that hard. I made one to study my OCS RK while I learned how to code. I am embarrassed to admit I used PowerPoint to make my mock-up :(