Is texting a form of official military communication? Can a NCO text his soldiers and expect them to show to formation?
I came up from '99 until now and have used phone calls to communicate with my leaders and my soldiers. My question is, can one be expected to communicate via text? I feel it is a one sided form of communication and cannot be verified if the individual saw the message. I prefer calling.
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Most newer cellphones will let you know if the individual you texted has SEEN the message or not, kind of like a read receipt; There's no way to tell if the intended recipient actually READ the text message. I send my Soldiers text from time to time to pass down information that's not particularly time sensitive, but I always ask for a reply of acknowledgement, that way I know if they got the message or not. For the most part I call rather than text. For example if there is a change in where I need my Soldier to be, I don't think I could justify counseling them for failure to be at their appointed place of duty even though I texted them the night prior, unless they replied in acknowledgement. To answer the original question I wouldn't consider texting a form of official military communication, even though it's technically an email message.
I consider text to be on par with email, and in fact, texts provide proof that info was provided. I personally text my Soldiers information and tell them to acknowledge. If they don't send acknowledgement, I follow up with a phone call. Just as I wouldn't blindly send an email and assume it was received, I don't assume that with texts either.
So to answer your question, yes, if I told a Soldier about a formation via text, and he acknowleged the info, I would expect him to show up. If an NCO only blasts out texts, assumes they got it, and doesn't follow up, then no, the NCO can't just assume the Soldier got the text. What if the SMs phone was dead? What if it's lost?
But sending a group text and receiving responses that way is far easier than calling a group of people individually.
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