Joining the UK Armed Forces and Social Media

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Ninja_Stoker

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On this site we regularly have requests off individuals to delete their account due to the sensitive nature of their role.

People undertaking or hoping to undertake Specialist Qualifications which require Developed Vetting (DV) often find they have been less than discreet on Social Media and have an enormous task "sanitising" their digital footprint. To save yourself the hassle follow the guidelines below.

At present, with the introduction of Females in GCC roles this coming year, the advice is to be particularly careful what you declare in your real name on social media, three reasons, the first two deadly serious:

1. The media/press are looking for stories on the subject
2. There are terrorist organisations seeking newsworthy targets
3. If you keep it to yourself, you'll make a fortune when you write that book!

Guidelines below
 

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Well I'm stuffed.

I haven't told anyone not even my family of my plans but I have a large online presence including mainstream media attention.
 

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Well I'm stuffed.
A significant civilian online presence might not automatically be problematic. Many, many people now have considerable content out there.

Oddly, someone with a zero digital footprint might draw attention to themselves.

The obvious advice is based on plain common sense: don't post stuff which might come back to haunt.

By the way, if you are Zoella my niece says she enjoys your YouTube channel. :)
 

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Well I'm stuffed.

I haven't told anyone not even my family of my plans but I have a large online presence including mainstream media attention.
Imagine you didn’t post this... everyone would be none the wiser.

It’s like a spy walking into a bar and saying with a sigh “I sure hope nobody thinks I am a spy”

Your two words of the week @Adf1 are : Security & Irony :D
 

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Well I'm stuffed.

I haven't told anyone not even my family of my plans but I have a large online presence including mainstream media attention.
Yeah, we had noticed. ;)

If you are intending publishing an eBook about how to join the Royal Marines using info from this forum, don't forget to make a donation to the RNRMC.

PERSEC, You know it makes sense.
 

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A significant civilian online presence might not automatically be problematic. Many, many people now have considerable content out there.

Oddly, someone with a zero digital footprint might draw attention to themselves.

The obvious advice is based on plain common sense: don't post stuff which might come back to haunt.

By the way, if you are Zoella my niece says she enjoys your YouTube channel. :)

Well that's what I thought though this implies othotherwise.

As long as you don't tell anyone or make it known in anyway it should be allowed.
 

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Imagine you didn’t post this... everyone would be none the wiser.

It’s like a spy walking into a bar and saying with a sigh “I sure hope nobody thinks I am a spy”

Your two words of the week @Adf1 are : Security & Irony :D
Was a joke!
 

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Was a joke!
Of course.

It also hopefully highlights the importance of persec and linking it to one's historic public digital footprint together with the influence it can have on our future private digital footprint.
 

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MOD comment.

PERSEC exists for every poster on this site. That is why we insist on anonymous usernames. It is for the safety of all users.
 
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