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Old 12-13-2005, 08:47 AM   #1
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OPSEC or Operational Security


OPSEC & PERSEC

OPSEC, also known as Operational Security, are the principles that we should all abide by when talking about our soldiers. If you’ve been on any military related message board on the internet, you have more than likely seen a warning to be sure to practice OPSEC. This means protecting the information you know about your soldier and his unit.

Generally, it means that you should not give out the following:

- Your soldier’s exact location overseas
- Any information on troop movements – this includes any movement while they are deployed, in transit to/from theater, etc. Do not ever give dates.
- Any information on weapons systems, how they train or numbers – for this reason, many pictures from overseas can easily violate OPSEC

If your soldier is in a special operations unit, the OPSEC guidelines can be stricter. You may not be able to say he is deployed at all much less where he is.

Always abide by the rules set forth by his unit. Just because it is on the news does not mean that you can talk about the issue. By talking about it, you are only verifying the information.

CORRECT:
My soldier is deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom

INCORRECT:
My soldier is in XYZ Unit and is stationed at ABC Camp in XXX city in Iraq.

Give only general locations IF his unit allows it. The above incorrect statement is way too much information.

INCORRECT: My soldier’s unit is returning from deployment and flying into XYZ Airport at 8pm next Tuesday.

Never give dates or times for troop movements. This includes R&R dates as well as deployment dates. Planes have been known to be delayed for days or weeks because this information was made public by an excited spouse.

DEPLOYMENT TICKERS
Many spouses like to use deployment tickers to count down their soldier’s deployment. Never have a ticker that shows XX days until s/he returns. If you must have a ticker, then have one with the amount of time s/he has been gone.

Finally, for your own personal safety, be very aware of what you are putting on the internet or in conversations in public. With the internet, it is not difficult to track down an address and phone number. Do not make yourself a target by letting the world know that your husband is deployed.

PERSEC
PERSEC is also known as personal security. Like OPSEC, this involves guarding the information that you know. Do not give out your soldier’s name along with rank. Be vague about your personal information on the internet. This is plain common sense in just every day life – regardless of if your husband is in the military.

How much personal information you post is, of course, a personal choice, but think about it BEFORE you make a post and decide what's right for *you*.

The old saying loose lips sink ships still holds true today. Keep your soldier, your family and his unit safe by keeping the information you know to yourself. You never know who is lurking and gathering information on message boards, myspace pages and profiles, etc. Better safe than sorry!

For more info: http://www.militaryspot.com/resources/opsec-and-persec/

If you believe that you see an OPSEC violation on the boards, use the exclamation point icon to report the post to the staff to take care of it. Thank you!

FYI, OPSEC issues will be edited out of posts by staff.
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Old 06-25-2006, 10:38 PM   #2
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Everyone, please remember not to use specific deploying or return dates in your posts. Be vague when it comes to stuff like that.

The admins and mods are going to be on the lookout so if you receive a PM regarding an OPSEC concern, please know that we are not singling you out but are trying to help protect our troops.
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Old 06-12-2007, 10:36 PM   #3
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thanks for the Corey! It is good to be reminded of these things.

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I never knew any of that, thank you!
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"Loose tweets sink fleets. Watch what you put on the internet!"
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I know all to well about opsec..the army drills it into you brain lol
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