Hello, and welcome back to our series on how you can effectively use social media during your deployment to connect with loved ones back home. Last time, we discussed some of the ways that Facebook can simplify communication. Now, let’s explore the social media guidelines set forth by the U.S. Military.

With social media becoming one of the most common forms of communication, the armed forces issued the Social Media Guide for Military Families. This informative pamphlet outlines the many benefits of websites like Facebook, but also offers helpful guidelines for maintaining privacy and decorum online.

An important part of military life is maintaining Operational Security, which means not revealing classified information. Let your loved ones know that they should avoid talking about your whereabouts, deployment dates and other sensitive subjects on their social media accounts, no matter how secure their privacy settings are.

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