Today, social media is a way of being for every military family; we are a generation lucky enough to benefit from the internet as a form of communication when our loved ones are across the room or across the globe! Most of us are already practicing what the DoD refers to as OPSEC — Operational Security — on a day to day basis, but it’s important to remember how we can remain secure as families and as supporters of a greater mission.
Items Authorized to Discuss on Social Media Platforms:
- Pride and support for service, units, specialties, and service member.
- Generalizations about service or duty.
- General status of the location of a unit. (“Operating in southern Afghanistan” as opposed to “operation in the village of Hajano Kali in Arghandab district of southern Afghanistan.”)
- Any other information already in the public domain posted by official sources.
Items Not Authorized to Discuss on Social Media Platforms:
- Descriptions or photos of overseas bases.
- Unit morale.
- Future operations or plans including deployment dates.
- Results of operations.
- Discussions of areas frequented by servicemembers overseas.
- Daily military activities and capabilities.
- Technical information.
- Details of weapons systems.
- Equipment status.
- APO addresses.
Tips/Checklist for Social Media Awareness:
- If you’re not sure about whether or not to post something, ask your servicemember or an AMPA staff member.
- Make sure all content is posted with organization Public Affairs guidance and DoD regulations.
- Do not share information that you would not post on your front lawn. Once it’s out there, it’s permanent!
- Turn off geotagging on your phone.