Due to bandwidth limitations and security concerns, mail privileges have been permanently revoked.
According to an article by Alan Sipress and Sam Diaz in today’s
In a memorandum to troops dated Friday, Gen. B.B. Bell, commander of
The Defense Department began blocking access on its computers to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other Web sites yesterday, severing some of the most popular ties linking U.S. troops in combat areas to their far-flung relatives and friends, and depriving soldiers of a favorite diversion from the boredom of overseas duty…Soldiers and their families frequent the sites to exchange notes, swap pictures and share recorded messages -- a form of digital communication that, along with e-mail, has largely replaced the much-anticipated mail call of previous wars.
In computer rooms on bases in
The Defense Department Web site policy comes one month after the Army issued a regulation barring soldiers from posting entries on blogs, participating in online discussion groups or sending personal e-mail unless the content is cleared by an superior officer…
Just one more way that the Pentagon supports the troops.