In just a few short years, Facebook has changed EVERYTHING. We now have access to instant communication with whoever we choose in just about every country worldwide. We can share our personal life, problems at work, and connect with long lost friends. While Facebook is an amazing social media platform, I’ve read many cases where Soldiers get themselves in trouble because of what they post on Facebook.
Therefore, I want to share some Facebook Tips for ARNG, USAR and Army personnel. I want to share some things you should/shouldn’t do on Facebook so you don’t get yourself in trouble with the military. Please keep in mind that these tips are just my personal opinion.
# 1 Never write anything you will regret
This is my first piece of advice. Don’t make the mistake of ever writing anything that you could regret later on. If you’re upset at the world, cool down before you log on to Facebook. If you think your boss is an idiot, don’t write it on Facebook. Don’t write about staying up late and getting drunk last night and then coming in to work late the next day with a different story.
# 2 Don’t bad mouth anyone
This goes hand in hand with tip # 1. Don’t bad mouth anyone period! It’s okay to think it, but don’t type it on Facebook. This includes a spouse, friend or coworker. What you say could come back and haunt you.
# 3 Don’t do anything to make the military look bad
The ARNG and military are very protective of their image. Don’t post anything that could potentially make your unit, the Army or the military look bad.
# 4 Watch who you associate with
Don’t become friends or fans of terrorist, racist groups, extremist groups or any shady organizations. The last thing you want to do is lose your security clearance or have to report to the commander’s office because of one of your “friends” or “liked pages” on Facebook.
# 5 Don’t do too much Facebook at work
Yes, I know you have access to Facebook on the government computers. While you might find this exciting, please remember that government can track what you do on government computers. And your Facebook stuff is public information. If you make 1,000 posts on Facebook during the work day, or even hundreds, your boss has a legit case to pursue dereliction of duty.
Overall, I believe Facebook is a great way to communicate with friends, family, coworkers and peers. But don’t make the mistake of saying or doing things you will later regret. Once you post something it is visible to the world. And even if you delete your comment, it’s still accessible. Think before you post! You will be glad that you did.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any questions? Just post them below. Thanks.