OPSEC

I will be updating this page in the coming months as I gather information and ideas I’ve collected during my past four years as a service member’s significant other. In the meantime, please revisit my post about OPSEC (Operations Security). 

To my military friends and family members— please be very selective in what information you share online, whether it is on a blog, via email, or through social networking sites. This is especially important when your service member is deployed, but should still be practiced every day for the safety of all our troops.

Operations Security, or OPSEC, is keeping the enemy from discovering our critical information. As the name suggests, it protects our operations— be it planned, in progress, or completed. Our enemies want our information, and they don’t focus on just the troops to get it. They want you: the wife, friend, or family member.

“Critical information” can be as simple as the date of a deployment or homecoming, or the location of your significant other overseas. The enemy can use this information to do many things— including a surprise attack.

Please, remember to think before you type, and be very specific about what you share and whom you share it with. 

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