Should military members be held to a higher standard when it comes to their
social media activity? That is the question many military authorities
are considering as unflattering or controversial social shares by service
members are becoming more and more common.
Army Times reports
, the latest high-profile case concerns an Alabama Army Reservist who suggested
in a personal Facebook post that he was selling drugs. The soldier, Pvt.
Ryan Ross, is now under investigation after his post was featured by a
Facebook page "U.S. Army W.T.F.! moments" and stirred responses
from some users. Even though Ross' language in the post has been identified
as lyrics in a hip hop song, his chain of command is now investigating
him for selling drugs and "whether he made inappropriate posting
on social media" according to Army Reserve spokesman Lt. Col. Tad Fichtel.
"The Army, the Army Reserve and the 412th take any alleged acts of
misconduct seriously, and enforces the highest standards of personal and
professional conduct," Fichtel added. He also revealed that Ross
could be subject to administrative repercussions or a Uniform Code of
Military Justice action for the post.
A Rise in Social Media Controversies
Army Times also notes that Ross is just the latest in a growing number of military
service members who have faced disciplinary action due to social media
activity in the last few years. Lt. Col. Tad Fichtel revealed that The
Reserve public affairs office monitors social media—but with the
rise in soldiers and other service members who have suddenly found themselves
under investigation, it is likely there are other social media monitoring
systems in place.
If you are military service member who uses social media, your personal
accounts are not subject to the same privacies many civilian accounts
enjoy. If you are under investigation or have been charged with misconduct
due to your social media activity, then we encourage you to contact
Joseph L. Jordan, Attorney at Law. Attorney Jordan has over a decade of experience with the U.S. Army and
has defended U.S. military members stationed all over the globe.
It is possible to defend against these accusations and fight for your good
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