I know this won't matter to most of you but I'd like to discuss something we are told to practice from day one when our soldiers sign up for the military.
What is this nutso word you ask? Well OPSEC stands for Operations Security.
This is what helps keep my hubby and every other soldier out there safer by not giving out critical information. So although I may go on and on about how bad I miss my hubby I will never blog about where he is, the exact dates of his return or deployments, or reveal any of the awesome stories he shares with me.
Do not post exact deployment dates or redeployment dates
Do not reveal camp locations, including nearby cities.
Detailed information on the mission, capabilities or morale of a unit
Specific names or actual nicknames
Don’t discuss equipment or lack thereof, to include training equipment
Don’t speculate about future operations
If posting pictures, don’t post anything that could be misconstrued or used for propaganda purposes. A good rule of thumb is to look at your picture without your caption or explanation and consider if it could be re-captioned to reflect poorly on coalition forces. For example, your image might show your Soldier rescuing a child from a blast site, but could be re-captioned to insinuate that the child being captured or harmed. (it’s happened!)
Avoid the use of count-up or count-down tickers for the same reason as rule #1
Be very careful if posting pictures of your loved one. Avoid images that show significant landmarks near their base of operations, and black out last names and unit affiliations
Do not pass on rumors (“I heard they’re coming home early”, etc)