What is OPSEC?

I keep hearing people ask about OPSEC so here’s what I know…

OPSEC Rules for (forum, blog, chatroom name):

1. Do NOTpost/discuss exact deployment dates or redeployment dates
2. 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.
3. Do NOT post discuss convoy routes “we traveled through O on our way to X”
4. Do NOT post/discuss Detailed information on the mission, capabilities or morale of a unit
5.Do NOT post Specific names or actual nicknames
6.Do NOT post Personnel transactions that occur in large numbers (Example: pay information, powers of attorney, wills, etc)
7.Do NOT post Details concerning security procedures, response times, tactics
8. Do NOT discuss/post equipment or lack thereof, to include training equipment
9. Do NOT speculate about future operations
10. IF posting pictures, do NOT 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 recaptioned to reflect poorly on coalition forces. For example, your image might show your Soldier rescuing a child from a blast site, but could be recaptioned to insinuate that the child being captured or harmed. (it’s happened!)
11. AVOID  the use of count-up or countdown tickers for the same reason as rule #1
12. PLEASE be very careful if posting pictures of your loved one. Avoid images that show significant landmarks near their base of operations, and blackout last names and unit affiliations
13. Do NOT ever post information about casualties (coalition or enemy) before the official release of the information.
14. Do NOT pass on rumors “I heard they’re coming home early”, etc

This article was written by guest blogger ~Dawn~ founder & lead MOD of MILITARY FAMILIES MATTER
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