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that is ridculous. If I was your husbands supply NCo I would have to quit. Obviously someone was not doing their job correctly.


"Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum"
 
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I'm sorry for bringing up old threads, but it's June 06 and I would have to say an external hard drive & some quality portable speakers.

Also, my soldiers brought their German cell phones and just got a new sim chip for Iraq. Now their significant others can reach them at 3AM after getting home from the club!
 
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ooh. Does that work with all GSM phones?
 
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I can break down the most important deployment item down to 3 (of course i use tobacco) plenty of chew a good tough box and a sense of humor (the last one you'll have to use the most often especially when the suck out wieghs the mission)
 
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"ooh. Does that work with all GSM phones?"

I think it has to be either a tri-band or quad-band GSM phone. It's best to check with the manufacturer or dealer first.
 
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I would really have to say a LAPTOP and an MP3 player! A GBA or PSP won't be bad either...and trust me, it kills loads of your time when you're waiting around to SP.

Question about the cell/gsm phones? Y'all can bring those now? Aren't your CoC worried about ComSec??? Or at least you all be worried about it? I know Iraq isn't pretty up in techs but there are still spies out there Iraqi and from other countries with the technology, just a question though?


A journey of a thousand miles always begin with a single step. --Lao Tzu
 
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There is no ban on cell phones that I know of. It there was, I'd expect it to be in GO#1. COMSEC is everyones responsibility whether on personal cell phones, DSN, or e-mail. Now, I would think that inadvertantly setting off IEDs might be a concern, so maybe there are unit SOPs for convoy Ops that restrict cell phone use. I'm a chairborne though, so someone else will have to answer that.
 
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Cell phones would have been real nice but the truth is not everyone watches what they say all the time.
As far as talking while on a convoy, I've been on plenty and the last thing on my mind was talking on the phone. Even if I wasnt driving or gunning, just a passenger, you always need to keep your mind crisp when your out there.


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A Quad-Band phone is required only if you want to use your current provider over there (which trust me you dont want to do, I know from personal experience). As long as you have an UNLOCKED GSM phone you should be good to go.
 
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OK. How do you know if it is locked or not?
 
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When you insert a SIM card from a different provider it would say "locked SIM" (or something similar) if the phone is not unlocked or it would just recognize it and everything will look normalWink Depending on your GSM phone, you can either call the provider and ask them for the unlock code (which they don't like to give out), you can buy it online for $2 - $7 depending on the type of phone, you can ask someone from ebay who sells a phone like yours to give you the code (of course tell him/her that you are in the military and want to keep in touch with family while deployed) people are really helpful with things like this and you have a great chance of getting the code for free. And last, but not least, you can buy a used or new unlocked phone from ebay, but I wouldn't spend too much money on it or go for a fancy phone because once you get to your location the chances that you'll damage it are pretty high (sand, water etc.)

Just want to add that the phones that your purchase from your providers always come locked. T-Mobile is the only company that I know for sure that gives out their unlock codes.
 
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This is a great thread. Cell phone, video game thingie, laptop, chaw, MP3 player, weapon cleaning kit, body wash w/scrubbie, hard drive and speakers - that's what's on the list so far.

What about a couple of gallons of booze? Any pluses there???
 
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Who needs booze when they stock near beer in the DFAC?

Note: Sarcasm
 
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Originally posted by Quartermaster922:
that is ridculous. If I was your husbands supply NCo I would have to quit. Obviously someone was not doing their job correctly.

Sadly, most Unit Supply NCO's, NEED to quit, or maybe the issue is above that NCO's level because it is sad how much stuff the army DOES NOT provide a soldier in Regular Army units. FOR EXAMPLE - ACU'S...I had to BUY all four sets that I have...that is a JOKE...the clothing allowance I received no where near covered the expenses of 4 ACU uniforms with name tapes, US Army tapes, patches, rank...Its to damn bad that the only people being properly supplied are Ranger Bats, CAG, and SF...

However, a desk top PC is a little extreme, but I had a laptop after about 6 months over there in OIF III. I would say that was useful for communicating with family rather than walking across the FOB to use overpriced phone cards...(phone cards also are important for communication with family)...


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Sadly, most Unit Supply NCO's, NEED to quit, or maybe the issue is above that NCO's level because it is sad how much stuff the army DOES NOT provide a soldier in Regular Army units. FOR EXAMPLE - ACU'S...I had to BUY all four sets that I have...that is a JOKE...the clothing allowance I received no where near covered the expenses of 4 ACU uniforms with name tapes, US Army tapes, patches, rank...Its to damn bad that the only people being properly supplied are Ranger Bats, CAG, and SF...

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You're firing some pretty big rounds at your supply personnel there. It is the Army's responsibility to clothe you (henceforth the clothing allowance that 8 out of 10 Soldiers blow on beer and what not), not your supply NCO's job. Your supply NCO usually operates with unit funds that is managed between him, the Commander and the S4. How would you feel if you had ACU's instead of parts to repair your equipment? There is a lot more to it than you think.
 
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