Posting Rule #2: OPSEC, PERSEC, Respect, and Privacy

Posts and comments violating OPSEC or PERSEC are not permitted. Being part of this group requires mutual trust; what is said in the group stays in the group. Respect your own privacy and respect the privacy of others, your family, and your recruit or Marine.

Reporting COVID-19 Testing and Results Among Military

As part of our POSTING RULE 2: OPSEC and PERSEC, discussion or speculation on the numbers of troops or location of troops being tested or having tested for COVID-19 will not be permitted. Posting COVID-19 testing results of military members will not be permitted. There are no exceptions to this rule.

For obvious reasons, specific information about the health of our military forces is a direct violation of OPSEC.

Stating information about any Marine or recruit, your own or otherwise, testing for COVID-19 as it relates to their job duties as a military member (whether the results are positive or negative) is a violation of PERSEC and will not be permitted. Discussions of COVID-19 within your family are permitted as long as you do not identify the individual and do not state military affiliation.


Monday, March 30, 2020: Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said in a statement on Monday "As we continue to grapple with the novel nature of COVID19, we are constantly assessing and adapting not only how we respond to combatting the virus, but also how we share critical public health information with our communities." Farah also said "We will not report the aggregate number of individual service member cases at individual unit, base or Combatant Commands. We will continue to do our best to balance transparency in this crisis with operational security."

Application and Examples: OPSEC

  1. Discussions of school and training (not mission-specific) while a recruit/Marine attend boot camp, SOI and MOS Schools, are permitted.
  2. All content must conform to military and troop Operational Security. Troop is defined as a group of military personnel. Do not discuss troop operations including movement, missions, logistics, numbers, locations, dates, and/or morale.
  3. Missions include but are not limited to engagement, training exercises, patrols, delivery of supplies, delivery of mail, meeting with locals. If your Marine is sharing his/her troop activities with you, don't share it in the community.
  4. Posts identifying your Marine's specific billet in conjunction with a mission whether past, present or future, will not be allowed.
  5. Identification of a Marine in a high security billet or MOS is not allowed.
  6. Read More: OPSEC and PMs in Social Media

Application and Examples: Respect & Privacy

  1. Please respect your own privacy, and the privacy of your family, your Marine or recruit, and other members of the group. We reserve the right to delete posts of a private nature without notice.
  2. Please respect the privacy of your Marine or recruit and remember that letters written to you were not likely intended for you to publish in a social media group.
  3. Do not share information, names, phone numbers, addresses or emails about another person's Marine or recruit.

Application and Examples: PERSEC

  1. While Facebook requires you to use your last name in your profile, we discourage you sharing your recruit or Marine's last name in any social media environment.
  2. Sharing your recruit or Marine's last name in our groups is not permitted. We will remove posts from our groups which include last names of recruits or Marines. We advise against tagging your Marine or recruit in a photo or allowing photos which include his/her user name.
  3. Personal information about yourself, your Marine or recruit, or other members is not permitted, including but not limited to identifying information such as email addresses, phone numbers, addresses or user names from social media.
  4. Posting on your recruit or Marine's birthday is not permitted in our groups even if it's just to say "Happy Birthday". Posting birthdates poses potential for identity theft. While Facebook encourages sharing birthdates, we advise against it.
  5. If ANY social media group asks for personally identifying information about you or your recruit or Marine as a condition of joining or during membership, we discourage you from joining or participating in those groups.
  6. No one can prove who a person is from viewing a Facebook profile or asking a few questions. Facebook groups are not secure regardless of who the Admins and Moderators are—even those who claim military-only memberships.
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