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With the ease of social media, in any part of the globe at any time, a Soldier, Army civilian, or family member can post pictures from a deployment or talk about an Army mission. But these seemingly innocent posts could actually contain sensitive information that endangers Soldiers by revealing locations, security measures, mission operations, or troop movements, said the Army's social media experts.
Soldiers, Army civilians and family members need to be mindful of what they put online, with operations security at the forefront of their considerations, said Staff Sgt. He said this applies to whether the person is a Soldier or Army civilian communicating as an organization or as an individual on social media sites.
The dos include using social media to get out the message of your command, inform the public of Army activities or stay connected with loved ones. The don'ts, said Sweetnam, include revealing sensitive information about missions, units or Soldiers.
Besides considering operations security, Soldiers must maintain their professionalism at all times, even on their off time, said Sweetnam. They are subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and could face corrective or disciplinary action if they violate the rules of conduct at any time, he said.
Those violations would include a Soldier releasing sensitive information, insulting his or her chain of command, posting discriminatory statements, or sharing or linking to inappropriate material.
The Army warns users about the geotagging feature that is automatically turned on in some smartphones and digital cameras. Geotagging is the equivalent to adding a digit grid coordinate to a photograph telling where it was taken, which could reveal sensitive information about a location -- information that terrorists could use to target Soldiers or Army installations.
Sweetnam said for the most part, Soldiers understand the importance of being vigilant at all times when using social media. This is the way they communicate," he said.
That is why it is important for everyone in the Army family to always be professional, she said. Brown recommends that if it's something you wouldn't say in formation or in a public setting, then don't post it on social media no matter how locked down your page is.
You just never know who ultimately ends up seeing the information you post, she said.
Of course you wouldn't do that intentionally, but if that photo has that metadata embedded in it, then you are putting Army operations and more importantly lives at stake by posting that. They should also think about the "trickle down effect" before they post, she said, and how the information could impact their Soldier and others. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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