What do you do when you see what you think might be OPSEC violations online?
In this particular instance, it’s a rather new friend of mine. We’re involved in the same organization on base, speak often to each other and we friended each other on Facebook. Her husband left a few weeks ago; she’s been posting near-daily updates, counting down to his homecoming. What she’s doing seems like reporting of troop movements, but her husband is at school, not down range.
I can’t decide if I should say something to her. Of course, I’d do it with as much tact as possible, but it would still come down to something along the lines of, “Hey, don’t be stupid!!” I’m not a fan of pointing out others’ shortcomings; I get easily embarrassed on behalf of others, and I just don’t like coming across as a know-it-all.
Plus, it has absolutely nothing at all to do with me, my husband, or even his unit. They’re not even in the same branch of the military. That point in particular makes me want to just mind my own business… but I also know, through years of having an online presence, that OPSEC is a collective responsibility. I personally know a few spouses whose husbands’ homecomings from down range were delayed for such a violation as this.
She’s very young, and they haven’t been part of the military for long. I keep telling myself that maybe she just doesn’t know better. At least, I hope that’s the case.
What would you do?