Opsec - Please Read!!!
Hi ladies, I know most of you all have not gone through a deployment yet since your men are just entering or graduating boot camp, so you may not have heard of OPSEC before. OPSEC simply deals with the information that you should and should not share about your man and his deployment before and while he is away. I know the government monitors activity and takes OPSEC violations VERY seriously, so I find this information very useful. I actually took this specific information from a different forum. I tried to post the link so you guys could see the original post, but of course, EP thinks I'm trying to sell something if I post a link. LoL!
There have been quite a few OPSEC violations on social networking sites lately. Please take a minute to review the following information regarding OPSEC:
Do not violate OPSEC:
Operational Security or "OPSEC" is the most important threat to the safety of your service member. These are the rules that govern what we say about the troops, and they are based on the cliche' that 'loose lips, sink ships.' OPSEC requires the active participation of every single service member regardless of his or her rank or job and their spouses and family members. What seems innocent or insignificant can in fact be a piece of a much larger puzzle. The bottom line is failure to obey OPSEC rules and guidelines put our people at risk; don’t let them say they heard it from a military spouse or girlfriend! Lets keep these puzzle pieces apart!
Please remove any of your posts that violate ANY of the OPSEC rules. Not being able to post this information is not a violation of your 5th amendment. Remember what may not seem like a big deal to you may be a big deal to someone else. This includes phrases such as: “Jimmy will be home the day after my mother's birthday". If you are questioning your post, don't post it!
If you see any OPSEC violations please immediately alert the poster of the violation so they may take it down!
The Ten OPSEC Points:
Don't discuss future destinations or ports of call!
Don't discuss future operations or missions!
Don't discuss dates and times of when we will be in port or conducting exercises!(this includes dates of redeployment or R&R)
Don't discuss readiness issues and numbers!
Don't discuss specific training equipment!
Don't discuss people's names and billets in conjunction with operations!
Don't speculate about future operations!
Don't spread rumors about operations!
Don't assume the enemy is not trying to collect information on you so he can kill you, he is!
Be smart, use your head, and always think OPSEC when using email or phone!
If you are at all unsure whether your posts might violate OPSEC then please err on the side of safety and don't post it. Even statements that you think might be benign like 'My boyfriend is done with 6 months of his 15 month deployment' gives a time fr