14 army camps to allow camera-enabled smartphones from Saturday
From Saturday, active servicemen and NSmen can bring their camera-enabled smartphones into 14 army camps.
With enhanced security measures in place, the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has departed from its strict no camera phone stance in camps, keeping a tight rein on the use of new technology and media within army camps.
The Straits Times broke the story on Aug 17 on the impending relaxation of the ban, which Mindef confirmed on Friday.
The pilot implementation, to be reviewed in six to nine months, sees the introduction of "green" and "red" zones to segregate areas where smartphones are allowed and where a blanket ban on camera-enabled smartphones remains intact.
The 14 army camps are:
Bedok Camp - Bedok Fitness Conditioning Centre (FCC)
Maju Camp - Maju FCC
Khatib Camp - Khatib FCC and Artillery Institute
Kranji Camp II - Kranji FCC and Motorised Infantry Training Institute
Kranji Camp III - Army Logistic Training Institute and Human Resource Institute
Jurong Camp II - Infantry Training Institute
Clementi Camp - Infantry Combat Training Centre III
Seletar Camp - Engineer Training Centres
Pasir Ris Camp - Commando Training Institute
Sungei Gedong Camp - Armour Training Institute
Safti Military Institute - Goh Keng Swee Command & Staff College, SAF Advanced School and Officer Cadet School
Pasir Laba Camp - Specialist & Warrant Officers' Institute and SAF Military Intelligence Institute
Pulau Tekong Camp - Basic Military Training Centre
Depot Road Camp - Central Manpower Base