Soldier GPS Tracking
GPS tracking system technology is nothing new to the military, especially since they were responsible for developing GPS technology. The military uses GPS technology to guide soldiers through foreign locations at night, airplane and helicopter operations, mine-sweeping, navigation, and more. With the many positive military applications of GPS tracking and navigation technology, some military families are suggesting that the government purchase a real-time GPS tracker for every soldier stationed or fighting in high-risk combative territories.
Soldiers Missing in Action
One of the many problems and fears that face the military is when an active-duty soldier becomes missing in action in a war-torn area. After around the first World War, most countries began issuing dog tags to identify soldiers. This helped military officials identify any soldier in the field or soldiers who were killed in action. Although dog tags do help assist military personnel to identify a soldier’s remains they do not help all soldiers who are missing in action because many of the missing military men and women may have deserted their squad, been captured and held as prisoners of war, or wounded in battle. However, the same GPS tracking system and navigation technology that assists in various military operations may help reduce the number of soldiers missing in action.
How GPS Tracking Systems can Help MIA Soldiers
Although the venture may initially be a costly one, if every soldier were equipped with a GPS tracking system military officials would be able to shadow every step a soldier makes. Therefore, if a soldier ever became captured by insurgents the military would be able to quickly pull up in real-time the location the soldier was being held at and send in special operations to save the soldier. The personal GPS trackers could be easily attached to a soldier’s belt or worn as a bracelet and would allow a soldier to never feel like they were alone even in the harshest of conditions.
Marla Wagner, the mother of a marine reservist, said, “If my son were sent to Afghanistan, Iraq, or some other hostile, war-torn nation I would feel more comfortable knowing he was equipped with a real-time GPS and was under constant monitoring by the military”. She also stated that it would be nice if the military let families have access to the GPS systems so they could personally view the tracking system data from home. Although it is highly doubtful that the military would allow families to view GPS tracking system data because of possible security risks, equipping every soldier with a real-time GPS tracking device may be the future of the military.
Should the military equip every soldier with a real-time GPS?
Would GPS tracking systems reduce or eliminate soldiers missing in action?
Would the cost of purchasing GPS tracking device be justified for the application?