An Army Wife’s View: OPSEC and Social Media

The Department of Defense has been constantly working to create blanket policies surrounding OPSEC and Social Media. They have created a forum, asking Soldiers and their Families to submit their thoughts and concerns on the issue. Below is a blog post from an Army Wife expressing her concerns and how they relate to the families of those deployed/being deployed.   

For the last couple weeks, the soldiers from 4th ID 2nd Brigade have been coming home. I’m so happy to see these soldiers coming home safe and sound to their families. (For me – it’s also a bit depressing LOL We have a LONG way to go)

On Facebook, Twitter and several other social networking sites, I’ve been seen LOTS of OPSEC (operational security) violations recently. Quite frankly – it worries me!

I understand spouses, kids, and other family members are excited that their soldier is on his/her way home. I would be too if SGT Daddy was on his way home.

The thing is that they are not safe until the wheels are up on the “bird” (plane) and our troops that are still there are not safe when we violate OPSEC.

Ever heard the phrase – “loose lips sinks ships” well the same rule applies for tweets, facebook updates and the like.  So please don’t post information about flights, times, operations, etc.

For those that aren’t quite sure what OPSEC is… Here are some tips from the DOD (Dept of Defense)

Don’t discuss current or future destinations/ ports of call/deployment bases.
Don’t discuss current or future operations or missions.
Don’t discuss current or future dates and times of exercises or missions.
Don’t discuss readiness issues and numbers.
Don’t discuss specific training equipment.
Don’t discuss people’s names and operations.
Don’t speculate about current or future operations.
Don’t spread rumors about current, future, or past operations or movements.
Don’t assume the enemy is not trying to collect information on you; he/she is.

The bottom line is Be smart about OPSEC and always think OPSEC when using email, phone, chat rooms and message boards. It not only protects your loved one but mine as well. (ArmyHousehold6)

Families- How you feel about the current issues of OPSEC and Social Media? Let us know what forms of training you think would be useful for families and loved ones participating on these Social Networking Sites.