The Ten OPSEC and COMSEC Points
- Don’t’ discuss future destinations or ports of call!
- Don’t discuss future operations or missions!
- Don't discuss dates and times of when the Ship will be in port or conducting exercises!
- Don't discuss readiness issues and numbers!
- Don't discuss specific training equipment and/or capabilities!
- Don't discuss people's names and billets in conjunction with operations!
- Don't speculate about future operations!
- Don't spread rumors about operations!
- Don't assume the enemy is not trying to collect information on you so he can kill you, he is!
- Be smart, use your head, and always think OPSEC and COMSEC when using electronic communications or phone!
Rules of thumb for loved ones and parents
- If your sailor indicates to you they can't tell you something, believe them. Don't try to coax them into telling.
- If it is published by the navy about where a ship or unit has been (not going), that is when it's okay to share.
- Be aware, the OPSEC 10 points are everyone’s responsibility so think about what you share as a parent or loved one of a military member that could cause harm or trouble.
- If you see/hear others practicing poor OPSEC/COMSEC be respectful and advise them of the OPSEC/COMSEC points mentioned above. Let them know OPSEC is everyone responsibility and that their statements or postings are a violation of good OPSEC. There isn't a parent or family member that wants to cause harm or get a service member in trouble. They just aren't thinking or don't know.
- Remember if something doesn’t seem right it isn’t, report all suspicious activity/postings.
- Everyone holds a piece of the OPSEC puzzle, safe guard it at all times!