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OpSEC, Privacy and Personal Safety Guidelines for Message Boards and Chat Rooms

Please review the guidelines for online communication prior to using the message boards or chat rooms. Your privacy and personal safety in online environments is important to us. OpSEC, (Operations Security) is vital to the success of our Marines and recruit training.

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Our message boards are "moderated" which means our volunteer moderators read each post and ensure posting guidelines – based on OpSEC (Operational Security) - are upheld. If a post violates guidelines, the moderator will edit the post and send the member an email explaining the edit.

In an effort to reduce the number of edits and make sure your posts are approved quickly, we compiled a list of tips - here are the "Top Ten”

  1. Familiarize yourself with our Posting Guidelines.

  2. Do not use any last names.
    That’s right… no last names at all. Not your last name, your Marine/recruit’s last name, grandma’s last name, a drill instructor’s last name or a recruiter’s last name.
    Do feel free to use your Marine/recruit’s first name.

  3. Do not post your Marine/recruit’s birth date.
    That also means not saying his/her birthday is on “Family Day” or “the day he shipped” or “next Tuesday” or “on Halloween” since it would be easy to figure out the exact birth date with that information.
    Do feel free to post that his/her birthday is “soon” or “next month” or “in June”.

  4. Do not post your email address.
    Members can email you through your user profile.

  5. Do not quote directly from your Marine/recruit’s letters.
    Those letters were written to you privately by your Marine/recruit who didn’t intend for his/her private thoughts to be posted on a very public message board for all to read.
    Do feel free to share general information from your letters such as “my Marine/recruit says the chow is great.”

  6. Do not make duplicate posts.
    Do feel free to post on any thread you want to, but they cannot be duplicates of posts you’ve already made.

    The following four tips are specific to the Recruit Parents Message Board:

  7. Do not post finishing orders.
    Your recruit might write home and say that his platoon came in 2nd place in Initial Drill or that her platoon came in 1st place in rifle qualifications… please do not post that information. That is Private Platoon Business that only SDI’s (Senior Drill Instructors) and others up the chain of command can post.
    Do feel free to say that your recruit’s platoon is doing well.

  8. Do not post information about other recruits.
    You can post information about your own recruit’s injuries, illnesses, successes and challenges, but you cannot post about other recruits due to privacy issues. If you get a letter saying, “my rack mate failed his PFT” or “five guys were dropped to MRP (Medical Rehabilitation Platoon) because they have pneumonia” or “two recruits in my squad are crying at night”… please do not post that information.
    Do feel free to post that you wish the recruits in your platoon well or that you are praying for the platoon.

  9. Do not post your recruit’s rifle qualification score or say that your recruit missed expert by two points.
    Do feel free to post how your recruit finished (expert, sharpshooter or marksman), without mentioning any scores or even parts of scores.

  10. Do not post authoritative platoon information.
    For example, your recruit may write home saying, “the whole platoon passed rifle qualification” or “the platoon has been quarantined for two days.” That information is considered Private Platoon Business that only a SDI or others up the chain of command can post.
    Do feel free to post that your recruit wrote that “the platoon is working well as a team."

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