OPSEC is the process of identifying and controlling critical information that is not, and should not, be generally considered as common knowledge. As a military member, you're part of the OPSEC team and play a critical role in ensuring your loved ones' safety.
How to I respond when others ask questions about my service member?
Remember you are under no obligation to share details about where your service member is and what he/she is doing..less information is better. It's natural for others to ask questions about your service member, this is how they display their general curiosity and concern. Some ideas for responding to tough questions are:
- "I'm not exactly sure what XYZ's day-to-day responsibilities are, but I know they're working hard to do their best."
- "Yes, I'm so very proud of him/her. They're doing a great job of defending our country."
- If someone won't give up, tell them "It's a matter of National Security."
No, OPSEC applies to all service members, loved ones, and families remaining on the home front. Be sure not to tell too many people you are home alone while you're service member is away. Don't disclose too much information on social networking sites. Status updates, countdown calendars, and other online displays can jeopardize your safety as well as the safety of your service member. Service members must be careful not to leak too much information, monitor all conversations. If ever in doubt, always follow protocol and keep information confidential.
We all hold certain responsibilities when it comes to OPSEC, and ensuring we are doing our part to keep our service members safe is key. We all love our service members, and keeping them safe is everyone's responsibility.