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View Full Version : Please Remember OPSEC

10-18-2008, 07:30 AM
I hope im not being rude but Ive noticed a few post on here where people are putting dates for deployments and such. Just remember these boards are open to anyone and although you might think no can find out its not hard to piece together facts there are weirdos out there who can.

Im only stressing this because as the saying goes Lose Lips sink Ships and we never want our troops lives to be in danger or coming home dates to be delayed because someone has revealed a date.

I know several girls who posted there spouses homecoming dates on Myspace and there husbands date to come home was changed.

I know personally after 15 months of a deployment thats the last thing you want to happen so just keep OPSEC in mind.

Once again please dont take this the wrong way Im a Mod on several military wife sites so this is something that I always remind people of.

<h1>OPSEC (Operational Security): Keeping the Military Safe</h1>

October 15, 2007<br by="" stacey="" adler="">

OPSEC, also known as Operational Security, is the principle that we,
as Army wives and Army family members, 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 or her unit.

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

(1) Your soldier’s exact location overseas

(2) Any information on troop movements – this includes any movement
while they are deployed and in transit to/from theater (including
R&amp;R). Do not ever give dates or times.

(3) 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 or she is
deployed at all, much less where. His unit and/or FRG should provide
the OPSEC guidelines for these situations.

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.

"My soldier is deployed in support of Iraqi Freedom or Enduring Freedom."

"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 entirely too much information.

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

Never give dates or times for troop movements. Keep in mind that
“next Thursday” is a date. This includes R&amp;R dates as well as
deployment and redeployment dates. Planes have been delayed for days or
weeks because an excited family member made this information public.

INCORRECT: "Please pray for my soldier. He called today and told me
he is going out on a very dangerous mission tonight. They will be gone
for three days and I’m very worried about him."

When our soldiers are in dangerous situations, it is natural to want
to reach out to others. But the above statement puts your soldier and
his unit in danger. You could have very well just alerted the enemy
about their mission.

It is important to realize that putting together the bits and pieces
needed to create the larger picture can be amazingly simple on the
internet. Many mistakenly believe that if they don’t talk about it all
at once, the information is safe. This is wrong and dangerous to

The internet is a wonderful tool, but in regards to our military, it
is a very dangerous one as well. It takes only minutes of searching
online to find enough pieces of information that could potentially
endanger our soldiers.

Many family members like to use deployment tickers to count down their
soldier’s deployment. Never have a ticker that shows XX days until your
soldier returns. If you must have a ticker, then have one with the
amount of time he or she has been gone, although it is best to not have
this type of ticker at all.

Finally, for your own personal safety, be very aware of what you are
putting on the internet or saying 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 loved one is deployed.


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. This includes blacking out his or her name tape
and rank in pictures. If he or she is in a special operations unit, you
should also black out any unit affiliation.

Be vague on the internet about your personal information as an Army
wife or Army family member. This is plain common sense in just every
day life whether you have a family member in the military or not.

The old saying "loose lips sink ships" still holds true today. Keep
your soldier, your family and his or her 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.
Better safe than sorry!

10-20-2008, 08:39 AM
kh225, thank you for the reminder, have a blessed day.

Patty Gale
10-20-2008, 03:36 PM
Great reminder! My sons have a different last name than me, (not tellin' LOL), which I never thought would be a comfort, but now it is.