Ann, USA

March 19, 2012

I am an American female, living in North Carolina, I live about 40 min from Fort Bragg, I always wanted to communicate with out men and woman in uniform who give so much and i just wanted to see what is it like from their view on their service, I am single just want to chat.

If i wanted to talk to you while away serving your country what are ways i could contact you , is it possible for me to buy a field phone to connect with you by phone. or is that possible.

Hey Ann,

Thanks for writing,

Being in the military today is far different than what it was like even ten or fifteen years ago. High-speed wireless internet access and cell phones have made it possible to be in touch with friends and family in almost every situation (ie Skype/email/text messaging etc.). In that regard, I think that purchasing a satellite phone is not necessary. Most soldiers today have access to the internet on base whether it be through a military network or a GSM connection via cell phone or wireless usb netstick. Moreover, if it is soldiers on this website you wish to contact, we are all reserve soldiers who have already completed our mandatory conscription and we live ordinary civilian lives for about 90% of the year therefore communication is seldom a challenge. Generally speaking, the only time soldiers are unreachable through civilian channels is during operations as cell phones are not permitted. I would imagine the same is true for American forces deployed overseas however I’m not entirely familiar with their operational policies. I would assume that forward operating bases in Afghanistan may not always have access to proper electrical and communications infrastructure. I hope I was able to answer your question.

Best,

Avi

Hi there,

Thank you so much for answering my question, I was so surprised to get an answer so fast.. so how are you doing while in the military, and what was it like, I know anytime you are in the military there are dangers all the time, and you see so much tragedy how do you handle it and what do the government do to help you transition back into society to become fully functional again .. my ex had a very hard time because he had been in so long over 23 years, he is now a productive citizen but he was not responding to his new life one of the reason i got out of the relationship in fear he would do something crazy… and back to my question about the phone is i think my neice was being scamed, by a guy she met on the internet he asked her to purchase a field phone that would cost 250.00 plus 70 for handling he sent her to this site calledupdatemilitaryusa.com it was a long contract out of australia and some other place not based in the US so i needed a Solider  view on all that,.. I would love to keep in touch. Thanks again for answering ,my question.

Hi again Ann,

I imagine that military experiences vary between different armies, corps, countries, and periods of service (ie times of war/peace). Personally I didn’t have a hard time adjusting back to civilian life as the IDF is a citizens army and is integrated into many facets of Israeli society. Though the IDF is engaged in seemingly perpetual defensive operations, it shouldn’t be confused as a constant state of war. Thankfully, I haven’t been involved in any war so I couldn’t really tell you about its horrors firsthand and I hope it remains this way. Having said that, I do have many friends both Israeli and American that have been deployed in Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq, and Afghanistan and I can tell you that all of them – to varying degrees, returned as changed people. Much of my service was spent in the powderkeg that is the Israel-Lebanon/Syrian border where things are quiet 99% of the time, however when something does occur there it is usually a major incident that has the potential of quickly escalating into a war (ie 2006 Second Lebanon War). I realize that as an active duty reservist living in Israel I will almost certainly see war at least once in my life but this is a bridge I’d rather cross when it is reached. For now, all we can do is train and prepare and hope that if and when we are needed, we will carry out our mission swiftly, successfully, and ethically.

Back to the satellite phone issue, as I said previously.. servicemen and women can be reached today via cell phones, internet, Skype etc. and anywhere a satellite phone is necessary is probably a place the soldier shouldn’t be on his/her phone anyway. I wouldn’t rush to spend any money on any expensive communications equipment just yet.

Hope you’re having a good week!

Best,

Avi

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