Social media

The use of social media by serving personnel is encouraged, providing it's done in a safe and responsible manner. It's a great way to stay in touch with loved ones, share your experiences, and get all the support that comes with being part of an online community. 

Using social media safely

As a general rule, if you have to think about whether what you're posting is appropriate, it's probably not worth the risk. It's important that whatever you share doesn't jeopardise your personal security, operational security, or the reputation of the Royal Navy. 

Want more information about what's safe to post? Take a look at the Government Guide


Safety in social media

Operational security

Operational security

Whether you are serving personnel, their friends or family, it's important that you avoid posting any information online that might compromise an operation or put personnel in danger, including photos or videos. 

What does that include? Basically, anything that may be of use to an enemy - from plans, locations and schedules, to technical information, equipment status and event unit morale. Remember, if in doubt, ask for approval from your Chain of Command before you post. 

Personal security

Personal security

Your use of social media can have security implications, so make sure you don't share too much personal information. 

First of all, like all users, you need to understand each site's privacy policy. It's also important that you only have people you know on your friends list and that only they can see the content you post. On the internet, people might not be who they say they are, so make sure you verify the identity of everyone you add. 

Other ways to keep in contact

If you're not a regular Facebook user, Twitter accounts are also available for many units. Alternatively, you can use the Royal Navy Forum, which is moderated all year round. 

Stay connected by joining the forum

If you're serving personnel, you can share information about your deployment in a more controlled environment by using the forum. Alternatively, if you have a loved one on deployment, you can connect with other families and get the latest unit information. 

Access the forum

Follow your unit on Twitter

If you're more of a Twitter user, there are accounts for many of our units, so you can stay up to date with life on board. Find the unit web page relevant to you in 'Our Organisation.'

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