OPSEC Rules for Blogs, Forums and Chat
Please note that this is not an inclusive list. If you have questions or are not sure about what you are going to post, then do not post it. Feel free to PM your moderator, contact your FRG leader, your military unit's OPSEC manager, or Military OneSource.
OPSEC Rules for Pregnancy.org Military Families Board:
-Do not post exact deployment dates or redeployment dates
-Do not reveal camp locations, including nearby cities. After the deployment is officially announced by Military officials, you may discuss locations that have been released, normally on the Country level.
-Do not discuss convoy routes (“we travelled through Takrit on our way to X”)
-Detailed information on the mission, capabilities or morale of a unit
-Specific names or actual nicknames
-Personnel transactions that occur in large numbers (Example: pay information, powers of attorney, wills, etc)
-Details concerning security procedures, response times, tactics
-Don’t discuss equipment or lack thereof, to include training equipment
-Don’t speculate about future operations
If posting pictures, don’t post anything that could be misconstrued or used for propaganda purposes. A good rule of thumb is to look at your picture without your caption or explanation and consider if it could be re-captioned to reflect poorly on coalition forces. For example, your image might show your Soldier rescuing a child from a blast site, but could be re-captioned to insinuate that the child being captured or harmed. (it’s happened!)
-Avoid the use of count-up or count-down tickers for the same reason as rule #1
be very careful if posting pictures of your loved one. Avoid images that show significant landmarks near their base of operations, and black out last names and unit affiliations
-Do not, ever, post information about casualties (coalition or enemy) before the official release of the information.
-Do not pass on rumors (“I heard they’re coming home early”, etc)
If you have any questions, contact your (or your sponsor’s) unit OPSEC manager.
These OPSEC rules aren’t meant to limit your free speech or restrict your liberties- that’s exactly what our Men and Women in uniform fight to protect. However, they are designed to help ensure the safety and security of the Service Members in your life.
Remember, no matter your affiliation, status, rank or age- you have a part in the security of your loved one!
Also a note about PERSEC:
PERSEC entails protecting personal information that’s not strictly related to military operations but could endanger an active-duty member or the member’s family. Be vague about your personal information on the internet.
It is strongly advised on this site by both staff and members that you do not give out your last name, phone number, address, or any specific personal information to people you do not know.