US military says no decision has been made on buying smart phone 7

Military leaders have no plans to buy smart phones as part of a new military initiative, the US military said Monday.

The new policy announced by the Pentagon on Monday will allow all enlisted personnel, including officers, and enlisted military spouses to use smartphones, but will not allow them to use an existing smart phone that has an unlocked boot or a carrier version that has a built-in camera.

Instead, military leaders said they will use “sensors and software” to help commanders determine which phones are best for the job.

The decision follows a surge of criticism over the Pentagon’s decision to ban phones from certain areas of the military.

Critics say the move will force some soldiers to use their smartphones to help them operate in crowded areas.