Singapore gives free iPads to new recruits.

Earlier today the Defence Ministry of Singapore reported that it will be issuing 8,000 iPads to new recruits this year. Armed with the iPad, new soldiers will be able to snap photos and videos of the battlefield which can be uploaded to a central database. They can also communicate with officers and other soldiers via messaging.

The iPad program begins this year with new recruits and will extend to other soldiers next year.

This is not the first example of military units using the iPad and other iOS devices. U.S. Marine Corp aviators recently replaced their paper-based navigation system with one driven by the iPad and the Army is working on its own secure App Store.

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