:: OPSEC ::
Balancing the need to
stay informed while protecting intelligence and operational
information is a difficulty but essential task. We must be aware that
our adversaries have the capability to actively monitor
communications, the news media, the internet and command information
the potential value of information we place in the public domain. The
following guidelines are provided to assist all personnel.
A. General. Service
members and their families must be aware of their personal
responsibility in securing operational information. OPSEC is essential
to our force protection and our ability to effectively carry our
military operations. Casual conversations about sensitive information
or speculation about surroundings at all times when discussing
B. Security Posture.
1. Defense conditions are classified secret, while force protection
conditions are unclassified.
2. Vulnerability of oconus installations to sabotage or penetration is
classified secret if U.S. Intelligence information is made.
1. The identity of units planned for deployment is confidential until an
official announcement of the deployment is made.
2. General geographic location of units deployed ( I.E.
City, Country or Area) is unclassified.
3. Specific geographic location of units deployed is
4. Details of allied military participation in operations is secret.
5. The Global reach of the World Wide Web requires special precautions to
be taken when posting information. The following types of information
shall not be posted to publicly accessible websites:
Information that is
for official use only (FOUO). This type of information would pose an
unacceptable risk to the Marine Corps, especially in electronically
aggregated form. While records containing FOUO information will
normally be marked at the time of their creation, records that do not
bare such markings shall be assumed to contain FOUO information.
recommendations concerning lessons learned which would reveal
sensitive military operations, exercises or vulnerabilities.
unclassified information that would reveal sensitive movements of
military assets or the location of units, installations, or personnel
where uncertainty regarding location is an element of a military plan
including compilations of names or personnel assigned overseas,
sensitive, or routinely deployable units.
Names, locations, and
specific identifying information about family members of Marines and
Marine Corps employees.
that can be used or be adapted for use to design, engineer, product,
manufacture, operate, repair, overhaul, or reproduce any military or
space equipment or technology concerning such equipment.
information pertaining to classified programs. The clearance review
procedures for unclassified information pertaining to classified
programs proposed for posting to a publicly accessible web sites must
take into account the likelihoods of classification compilation.
If all of these
'technical' terms are a bit too much to understand. Below is the basic
gist of them OPSEC Rules:
Donít discuss current or future destinations or
ports of call.
Donít discuss current or future operations or
Donít discuss current or future dates and times
of when Marines will be in port or conducting exercises.
Donít discuss readiness issues and numbers.
Donít discuss specific training equipment.
Donít discuss peopleís names and billets in
conjunction with operations.
Donít speculate about current or future
Donít spread rumors about current, future, or
past operations or movements.
Donít assume the enemy is not trying to collect
information on you; he is.
Be smart, use your head, and always think OPSEC
when using email, phone, chat rooms and message boards.
*Please be sure to really READ this. All of this
information is critical to keep in mind when chatting on ANY Website
or Support Group. These rules apply for our group, AS well as when you
are using our Message Board (to the right) on this website.
OPSEC is not made to upset anyone, it is there to keep our website and
group safe and MORE importantly our MARINES*
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