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Pentagon Bans Pokemon Go On Military Phones

August 16, 2016

The Pentagon made the decision last week to disallow military and Defense Department personnel from laying Pokemon Go on their government-issued cell phones, but decided to allow the game to still be played on Defense Department property.

“We have asked, as we do periodically, that Defense Department personnel avoid putting the game and similar games on their government-issued mobile devices, Pentagon spokesman, Gordon Trowbridge told reporters Friday.

“I think taxpayers would appreciate government phones being used for government business,” he said.

Despite that the game will be banned on government-issued cell phones, “there is no ban on playing” on Defense Department property. According to a Defense Department memo, Pokemon Go should only be played outside the building and not inside the Pentagon or other Defense Department facilities.

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The Pokemon gym that was once located inside the Pentagon is now closed.

In July, Joint Base Lewis-McChord issued a warning about the game.

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“Do not chase Pokémon into controlled or restricted areas, office buildings, or homes on base,” the warning read. U.S. Amy Fort Carson issued a similar statement, telling military Pokemon Go players to stay away from restricted areas like the flight line while playing.

Arlington National Cemetery and the Holocaust Museum also banned Pokemon Go from being played on the premises.