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The Mainichi Daily News reports on a morale-boosting effort designed to put U.S. service personnel in Iraq in touch with Playboy playmates via email.
Playmates demonstrated how servicemen and women can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org and receive signed photos and e-mail messages in return.
Operation Playmate is free of charge, but the service is restricted to active duty military, and each e-mail must include the APO number of the person who will be contacted by the Playmates.
Austrailia's News.com.au reports that the pictures will be safe for work--er, battle--er, whatever.
"Operation Playmate," the brainchild of Playboy's colourful founder Hugh Hefner, won't be sending the boys any nude pictures, spokesman Bill Farley told AFP.
"The boys will be able to send an e-mail to their favourite Playmate and she'll send them a head shot of themselves or of them wearing shirts and T-shirts," he said.
"We don't want to send any nude images that would be offensive to our Arab allies in the Middle East, but we wanted to give the guys something else to think about to get the imagination going."
Wired News reported on "Operation Playmate" back in November, 2001, during the conflict in Afghanistan; that article contained the following interesting insight:
Capt. Joseph Kloppel of Marine Corps Public Affairs in Virginia said the service has not endorsed the program... Any personnel who use government equipment, facilities or time for such activities would be in violation of Defense Department guidelines, Kloppel said.
Still, "pornography in and of itself is not prohibited for uniformed personnel as long as it is on their own equipment, on their time and at their expense," he added.