OPSEC or Operations Security is one of the most important rules military families must always keep in mind. We are a country at war, and there are interested parties who would love to get their hands on data relating to troop movements or anything else that might be able to help them and put service members in harms way. With the advent of social media sharing information is easier than ever – and in this case it’s not always a good thing.
What Not To Do
Examples of things that can violate OPSEC are:
- Dates, times, and locations of troop movements (this includes deployment return dates!)
- Visible name tags or identifying information in photos
- Detailed information about troop morale
- Details about security information
- Images with location/gps metadata
What To Do
- Be careful about what information you post online
- Take note of your security on social media sites. Consider limiting access to “friends only”.
- Think about what you post online. Ask yourself could it be used by “the enemy”?
- Remember, what you post online can be easily accessed by those who know how. This can also apply to phone and text messages.
- If in doubt, ask your FRO for guidance before posting potentially
Keeping OPSEC in mind, especially during a deployment is an important part of military life. Remember, take a moment to reflect on your words before posting them or proclaiming them publicly. Remember, loose lips sink ships!
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