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OPSEC

*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*

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 channels.Consider carefully 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 operational matters.

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.

C. Deployments.

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 confidential.
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.

Analysis and recommendations concerning lessons learned which would reveal sensitive military operations, exercises or vulnerabilities.
Reference to 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 or program.
Personal information 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.
Technical information 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.
Unclassified 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:

1. Don't discuss current or future destinations or ports of call.
2.Don't discuss current or future operations or missions.
3.Don't discuss current or future dates and times of when Marines will be in port or conducting exercises.
4.Don't discuss readiness issues and numbers.
5.Don't discuss specific training equipment.
6.Don't discuss people’s names and billets in conjunction with operations.
7.Don't speculate about current or future operations.
8.Don't spread rumors about current, future, or past operations or movements.
9.Don't assume the enemy is not trying to collect information on you; he is.
10.Be smart, use your head, and always think OPSEC when using email, phone, chat rooms and message boards.