Online misconduct is punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). ALARACT 122/2015, Professionalization of Online Conduct, reinforces AR 600-20 and defines cyber misconduct as “the use of electronic communication to inflict harm; examples include, but are not limited to: libel, slander, harassment, bullying, hazing, stalking, discrimination, retaliation, or any other types of misconduct that undermines dignity and respect.”
Criminals and adversaries can easily piece together information you share, potentially harming you, your loved ones, fellow Soldiers, or our mission. Safeguard yourself and those close to you by not posting personal contact information or sharing plans and schedules. Tum off electronic functions such as GPS or geotagging and always optimize your security settings.
Posting or sharing music, logos, songs, or other information that is protected by copyright, trademark, or any other restriction is illegal. Restricted materials can only be shared with express permission from the owner.
Misrepresentation of your identity by disguising yourself or impersonating others is prohibited and is punishable under the UCMJ.
Do not discredit yourself, your family, your organization, or your Army by using inappropriate language or content. Only post or discuss issues related to your professional expertise or personal experience. Remember, your behavior online is reflective of your Army’s image.
It is imperative that you are aware of potential security violations when posting online. It is never acceptable to post classified, For Official Use Only (FOUO) or pre-decisional information on an official or personal account. It is your responsibility to be aware of the classification and releasability of the material you post.
Ask for help if you or a Family member have fallen victim to a scam, impersonation, or feel threatened. Contact the local civil authorities or the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command for assistance and to report a scam, impersonation or threat.