blogging in the Army

For those of you who haven’t been paying attention, the Army recently set forth new rgulations regulating blogging and e-mailing from soldiers. Basically, the text stated that every blog post and e-mail would have to be cleared by a superior officer or they could get in trouble (I’m paraphrasing here). That doesn’t sound like a very practical thing to do, but then, I’m not at war.

Now, it looks like they might be taking a step bacK. From Wired Blogs:

The Army appears to be backing away from new regulations that require soldiers get their approval from their bosses before they blog and send e-mail.  In a fact sheet and in comments
to the Associated Press, Army officials are saying, in essence, not to
worry about the precise wording of the rules.  The service won’t
enforce ’em anyway, they promise.

What does the regulation actually state? That army personnel must:

Consult with their immediate supervisor and their OPSEC Officer for an OPSEC review prior to publishing or posting information in a public forum.

(1) This includes, but is not limited to letters, resumes, articles for publication, electronic mail (e-mail), Web site postings, web log (blog) postings, discussion in Internet information forums, discussion in Internet message boards or other forms of dissemination or documentation.


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