Fleet Social Media Guidance and Online Conduct

Online Conduct: "Honor, Courage, Commitment Online, All of the Time"

The U.S. Navy defines online conduct as the use of electronic communications in an official or personal capacity that is consistent with Navy values and standards of conduct. It is important that all Sailors know that once they have logged on to a social media platform, they still represent the U.S. Navy.

As outlined in the CNO's Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority core attributes, the Navy is a values-based organization where everyone is expected to conduct themselves in a manner that is "always upright and honorable, both in public or when no one is looking."

For more information and guidance, please see below links.


Online Conduct for the Navy Team, March 16. 2017

Navy Public Affairs Guide for Sailors, NAVSO P-5728.15, March 2017

Reporting Incidents Through NCIS


Fleet Social Media Guidance

All Sailors must recognize that they may be perceived as a spokesperson for the Navy simply because they wear a Navy uniform. The large number and common use of social media platforms allow you to speak directly and instantaneously to complete strangers every time you post anything, even those items you intended to share only with friends and family.

Even if you do not have a social media presence, your family, friends and co-workers can still post photos of you or share information about you and without you even knowing. Let them know what they can and cannot share about you online, particularly while you are deployed or serving overseas.

Before you share or post something, think before you post. In general:

  • Be yourself and share authentically about unclassified Navy and Navy-related topics to your service.
  • Know that everything online is potentially available to everyone in the world, including your leaders, co-workers, as well as those who would wish you harm like criminals or adversaries.
  • Know that once information is posted online it can remain there forever and be used in ways you never intended.
  • Maintain a clear separation at all times on social media between your Navy affiliation and your political views to avoid creating the appearance that the Navy is endorsing a specific policy, candidate or party.

Protect your social media accounts by:

  • Choose applications wisely. Many applications share information with marketers and others.
  • Check your privacy and security settings:
    • Use recommended privacy settings for your profile for each social media platform you're on.
    • Routinely check and update settings to be as restrictive as possible.
    • Use a different, strong password for each online account.
    • Change your password every 30-60 days.
  • Don't share any passwords with anyone, including third-party sites.
  • Don't share personally identifiable information (PII) that can be used to impersonate you or steal your identity.
  • Think twice before sharing your location, because it indicates when you're not at home and vulnerable.
  • Don't click on links that go to unfamiliar sites.
  • Don't "friend" or "connect" with strangers.

Never discuss information online that could jeopardize operations security (OPSEC).

Review training resources on OPSEC, safety and official guidance.

In addition, do not post the following information:

  • Don't share Navy information that hasn't been officially released to the public.
    • This includes exact deployment dates or return dates. This also applies to ships, subs, squadrons, and individual augmentees.
    • Dates or location of a ship's upcoming port of calls.
  • Detailed information about a mission.
  • References to trends in crew's morale or an individual's personal problems.
  • Details concerning security procedures, response times or tactics.
  • Information about requipment readiness.
  • Speculation or actual information about future operations.
  • Closely review photos or videos before posting to ensure sensitive or personal information is not released.