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Marines likely to issue a new ban on cellphones

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The Marine Corps is analyzing the security threat Marines’ personal cell phones pose during deployments.

Signals given off by cellphones and their data collected by apps could give away a unit’s position overseas.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Darryl Tanner, with The Basic School, takes a cellphone picture during a motivational hike on Old Rag Mountain, Luray, Va., Oct. 7, 2016. The hike spanned over 11 miles and supported unit cohesion and camaraderie, and included all levels of leadership participation. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt John M. Raufmann)

According to MCT, when tensions rose between Iran and the U.S. in early 2020, Army soldiers deployed to the Middle East were barred from bringing their cellphones.

Lt. Gen. Brain Beaudreault, commander of II Marine Expeditionary Force, told reporters on Friday, the Marine Corps would likely do the same for Marine deployments.

“I will put out a MEF order on an actual deployment that provides absolute control,” he said.

“We can absolutely crack down,” Beaudreault said. “It’s harder to do than say, but it requires discipline and it requires education and understanding that this is no joke when we’re facing a peer advisory who’s looking for those exact signals,” he added.

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