Here are the Operational Security rules - and the easy Dr. Seuss version to help remember! :)
It's always good to review the OPSEC guidelines.
Homecomings have been postponed and Navy Facebook pages taken down due to postings that violated OPSEC. These are just examples of inconveniences; more important, the security issues for our sailors are vastly greater.
An example of how indiscretions have immediate impact: USS Bataan (LHD-5) had its Facebook page taken down and 700 families lost that means of contact with their sailors and Marines last summer due to posts that violated OPSEC: USS Bataan's Facebook page shut down
And not to diminish the importance of OPSEC but if you need an easier way to remember it, click here for the Dr. Seuss version :) In any case, here are the guidelines to observe:
✓ Donʼt discuss future destinations or ports of call.
✓ Donʼt discuss future operations, exercises or missions.
✓ Donʼt discuss dates and times of when we will be in port or conducting exercises.
✓ Donʼt discuss security procedures, movements, or arms.
✓ Donʼt discuss readiness issues and numbers.
✓ Donʼt discuss specific training equipment.
✓ Donʼt speculate about future operations.
✓ Donʼt spread rumors about past, current or future operations or movements.
✓ Donʼt discuss deployment or homecoming dates (including Tiger or Family Day Cruises)
✓ DO assume the enemy is always trying to collect information.
✓ Keep in mind there is no guarantee of security for information transmittal, or that a chat room or forum described as “military” has its membership restricted to militarypersonnel and their families.
✓ Be smart, use your head, and always think OPSEC when using email, phone, chatrooms and message boards.
LOVE the Dr. Suess version!