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    Military to get Priority GV Accounts

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    Staying in touch with family and friends can be a challenge for military staffers, especially those serving overseas. With its latest campaign, Google is trying to help.

    Google will now offer priority Google Voice accounts to active members of the service, according to the company's official blog. Military staffers with .mil addresses will receive Google Voice invites within 24 hours after requesting them, says Tuesday's blog, written by U.S. Army Sergeant Dale Sweetnam.
    In his guest blog, Sweetnam, who works with Google on the U.S. Army's "Training with Industry" program, explained the problem of trying to call military staff overseas.
    "I spent 13 months in Iraq as an Army journalist where I flew in Black Hawks over Balad and Baghdad working to generate news coverage about my fellow soldiers," writes Sweetnam. "The whole experience was physically and emotionally draining, but it was especially difficult when I called home at the end of the day and nobody was there to answer."
    Using the free Google Voice service, military staffers can set up a single phone number that will automatically ring any phone and also receive voice mail as text transcriptions. Family and friends need only keep track of that one number, a benefit for personnel who may jump from one location to another. People can also dial the Google Voice number to leave voice mail for soldiers serving overseas, which are then retrieved from mobile trailers with Internet access.

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    This is awesome to hear.

    Glad to see there are some big business doing something for our troops overseas and the families sacrificing at home.

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    Absolutely awesome on the part of Google. Great to see them giving something back to those serving their friends and family.
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    Not a good idea for the military. Unless google encrypt it in such way for the military that will not allow outside sources to hack into it; then this is a big security threat for the boys and girls in the sandbox.
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    I see the pros and cons on this but I must agree with planneau... what's the risk that their position & information will be compromised??? Other than that I would say this a great way for our service men & women to get in touch with their loved ones at home.

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    Quote Originally Posted by planneau View Post
    Not a good idea for the military. Unless google encrypt it in such way for the military that will not allow outside sources to hack into it; then this is a big security threat for the boys and girls in the sandbox.
    Never been in the field directly, but I would assume any communications coming out from a base or camp pass through half a dozen firewalls or redirects so that they can't be pin-pointed. Besides, I doubt we're talking about being out on convert op and dialing up Google. It would likely be from an established base where the enemy can look outside and say, "there they are".
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