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Most Importantly, Remember Opsec. (please Read.)

I've seen a handful of girls since I joined here posting to specific details and violating OPSEC (operation security) of deployments. My point of this post is NOT to lecture any women that is trying to express their feelings, but to inform them of OPSEC. When OPSEC is violated our men are in danger. Especially if we violate OPSEC on such an openly read post like here on EP. We have to remember, anyone on EP can read our posts not just the women that are in the group. Our posts on here are NOT private and secure. I know a lot of women know what OPSEC is, and a lot of women don't. I didn't really know what OPSEC meant until my husbands pre-deployment briefing, so I can completely understand why some women are not fully informed. So this is just to inform women who do not understand OPSEC and it's importance.

First and foremost, when we tell dates and times that are to specific and if someone in the chain of command finds out, dates will be changed for their safety. My husband got his date changed 4 times before they left due to OPSEC violations by wives and girlfriends, I don't know about your FRO (family readiness officer) but my FRO tends to stalk Facebook to make sure their are no violations. Hence why the date changed so many times. Dates of departure and homecomings are on a need to know basis, we are here for support we do not and are not entitled to know specific dates. After our marines have safely arrived back on American soil we can share in the celebration, but until they are in their homeland we have to ensure their safety. I've heard of marines getting in trouble for their wives and girlfriends sharing to much information, so please when posting remember the most important thing is their safety. Violations of OPSEC are serious, it puts our men in danger, and even if it doesn't put them in danger if the Corps finds out about the violation your marine might get in trouble, we have to always remember that. We are all here for support, and we all want to support each other, but it's better to be safe then to be sorry.

To better break it down I got this from my Facebook friend that's another support group for wives/fiancees/girlfriends of 29 palms.

- Do not post exact dates for deployment, redeployment or R & R. This also includes smaller time frames(They're coming home end of August, beginning of September)

- 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.

- Do not discuss 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 was being captured or harmed.

- 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’ve heard they’re coming home early).

Recently, I believe it was in the Army, a wife posted about a casualty she had heard about from her husband. She posted about it on Facebook and the wife of the fallen soldier found out on FACEBOOK that her husband had died then properly notified by the Army. The Army did a full blown investigation of how the information was leaked and said they would be taking actions... I don't know exactly what actions they would be taking, but they were PISSED and so was the fallen soldiers wife. OPSEC are rules put into place for marines safety, we may not see the significance in them but we need to respect them. It's better to be safe than sorry. We all want our loved ones to come home safely and in a timely manner. :)
Here's another version of of OPSEC I thought was kind of cute that I saw posted.

I am Sam.

Sam I am.

Do you like OPSEC and ham?

I do not get it, Sam I am.

I do not get OPSEC and ham.

We must use it here and there,

We must use it everywhere.

You CANNOT share it in the car.

You CANNOT share it in a bar.

You CANNOT share it in a text.

You CANNOT share it at the MCX.

You CAN say it in your house,

But should NOT tell a random spouse.

You CAN say it in the shower,

But do NOT go sharing at happy hour.

DON’T make the FRO sweat,

DON’T post it on the internet.

You CANNOT share it in a tweet.

That would not be very sweet.

Beware of Facebook and MySpace too,

It’s tempting to let you feelings through.

You CANNOT tell it to a friend,

NOT even at the very end.

It is a priviledge to know a date.

DON’T tell ANYONE or they may be late!

Oh, I get it, Sam I am.

Now I get OPSEC and ham!

I will not tell anyone.

I will keep hushed until they’re done!

I will not tell him or her.

I will not tell my dog with fur.

I will not tell my child’s teacher.

I will not tell any creature.

Thank you, THANK YOU, Sam I am.

Thank you for clearing up OPSEC and ham!!

I hope that helps for women to fully understand OPSEC and the importance. Once again this is not to single any women out, or meant as a lecture. This is simply to help secure all marines safe and timely return home. :)

-Jordan
Jordan29Palms Jordan29Palms 22-25, F 9 Responses Mar 17, 2012

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Wait, it's ok to be like "he's leaving soon" or talk about how he's at boot camp, right? Cus I'm pretty sure I said what date he was leaving for boot camp... I'm so glad I read this!!! THANK YOU!

Jordan,

Very well said; and all of this falls under the UCMJ (Uniform Code of Military Justice) and your information is extremely critical in everything we do and must be adhered to no matter what. Thank you for posting this information. Everyone needs to be aware that the bad guys can and do have access to every website we go to.

So I've never even heard of OPSEC, so good to know, but does this apply to boys at bootcamp? my boyfriend is at bootcamp and I do have a countdown going till his graduation, is that breaking the rules.

I actually don't know? I don't think it would, considering they aren't marines yet (no offense, the corps just calls them recruits so i think it wouldn't apply) and people expect them and have a time frame set and it's not like they know or are doing anything confidential. Now I'm not for sure about that, but I wouldn't worry yet since he's just in boot camp.

thats what i thought considering that everyone knows where their camps are located and that they have boys graduating every week.

Exactly, I wouldn't worry.

not entirely- mostly because he's still in the country and technically not a marine yet. Plus the things they do at boot and the location is no secret

Yup! :) Which we went over

Ohh I'm sorry haha I hadn't seen that before, my bad!

No problem! Any input is appreciated with me :)

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Thanks for posting this! When I went to the family readiness for my fiancés deployment, they told us about all of this stuff. I had NO idea before, and for the folks who didn't attend the family readiness usually wouldn't know. :)

im glad you posted this!!! important info!!

Very important, thank you for reading. :)

Thank you for posting this!!!

Semper FI!!

No problem :)

I didn't know any of this. Thanks(:

It's really something you don't hear about until your married unless your marine informs you of it. Which personallly I think is silly cause so many can accidentally leak information, why not let anyone associated with a servicemember aware? But anywho that's the whole reason I posted this haha! I'm glad it made you aware. :)

Well I found out where he was going for this deployment on facebook that he had posted himself. I remember commenting on it and he deleted it because the marines can be stopped from going because of letting loose any information.

Ya they don't joke around with that stuff at all! My husband got deployed a month earlier then his original deployment date just because people kept slipping and we only had 4 days notice... I was so ticked!

i loved the little poem lol so cute made me laugh. Thank you for sharing because honeslty i didnt know how in depth this all was, def going to keep it mind tho! thanks :)

No problem!!! That was the whole reason I decided to write the post :) Glad it helped you! :)

Thank you so much for the fabulous info! Great delivery too...I love the whole Dr, Suess bit, lol. :)

Hahaha I know! I wish I could say I came up with it myself, but it was just another thing that was posted about OPSEC on a facebook page of wives/fiancees/girlfriends! Haha