ALARACT 014/2017

ALARACT 014/2017
DTG: R 231931Z FEB 17
UNCLAS/FOUO
SUBJ/ALARACT 014/2017- PROFESSIONALIZATION OF ONLINE CONDUCT
THIS ALARACT MESSAGE HAS BEEN TRANSMITTED BY JSP ON BEHALF OF HQDA ASA (MRA)//DAPE//
1. REFERENCES:
1.A. ARMY REGULATION 600–20 (ARMY COMMAND POLICY), 6 NOV 14.
1.B. ARMY REGULATION 600–100 (ARMY LEADERSHIP), 8 MAR 07.
1.C. ARMY REGULATION 350–1 (ARMY TRAINING AND LEADER DEVELOPMENT), 19 AUG 14.
1.D. U.S. ARMY SOCIAL MEDIA HANDBOOK, MAR 14 (UPDATE TBP SEP 15).
2. THIS MESSAGE IS APPLICABLE TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE ARMY TEAM, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF THE
ACTIVE ARMY, THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD/ARMY NATIONAL GUARD OF THE UNITED STATES, THE U.S.
ARMY RESERVE, CADETS OF THE U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY AND THE RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS,
ARMY CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES AND CONTRACTORS, AND RECRUITS MANAGED BY U.S. ARMY RECRUITING
COMMAND.
3. KEY TERMS.
3.A. ONLINE CONDUCT. THE USE OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION IN AN OFFICIAL OR PERSONAL
CAPACITY THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH ARMY VALUES AND STANDARDS OF CONDUCT.
3.B. ONLINE MISCONDUCT. THE USE OF ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION TO INFLICT HARM. EXAMPLES
INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: HARASSMENT, BULLYING, HAZING, STALKING, DISCRIMINATION,
RETALIATION, OR ANY OTHER TYPES OF MISCONDUCT THAT UNDERMINE DIGNITY AND RESPECT.
3.C. ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION. THE TRANSFER OF INFORMATION (SIGNS, WRITING, IMAGES,
SOUNDS, OR DATA) TRANSMITTED BY COMPUTER, PHONE, OR OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICE. ELECTRONIC
COMMUNICATIONS INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO: TEXT MESSAGES, EMAILS, CHATS, INSTANT
MESSAGING, SCREENSAVERS, BLOGS, SOCIAL MEDIA SITES, ELECTRONIC DEVICE APPLICATIONS, AND
WEB/VIDEO CONFERENCING.
3.D. ONLINE–RELATED INCIDENT. A CATEGORIZATION USED TO TRACK REPORTED CASES OF
MISCONDUCT THAT INVOLVE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION. AN ONLINE–RELATED INCIDENT IS ONE
WHERE AN ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION IS USED AS THE PRIMARY MEANS FOR COMMITTING
MISCONDUCT OR THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION, STANDING ALONE, CONSTITUTES THE MOST
SERIOUS OFFENSE AMONG A NUMBER OF OFFENSES.
4. SITUATION. THE ARMY VALUES REQUIRE THAT EVERYONE BE TREATED WITH DIGNITY AND RESPECT.
THIS IS A CRITICAL COMPONENT OF THE ARMY PROFESSION. AS MEMBERS OF THE ARMY TEAM,
INDIVIDUALS’ INTERACTIONS OFFLINE AND ONLINE REFLECT ON THE ARMY AND ITS VALUES. THE ARMY
VALUES APPLY TO ALL ASPECTS OF OUR LIFE, INCLUDING ONLINE CONDUCT. HARASSMENT, BULLYING,
HAZING, STALKING, DISCRIMINATION, RETALIATION, AND ANY OTHER TYPE OF MISCONDUCT THAT
UNDERMINES DIGNITY AND RESPECT ARE NOT CONSISTENT WITH ARMY VALUES AND NEGATIVELY
IMPACT COMMAND CLIMATE AND READINESS. SOLDIERS OR CIVILIAN EMPLOYEES WHO PARTICIPATE IN
OR CONDONE MISCONDUCT, WHETHER OFFLINE OR ONLINE, MAY BE SUBJECT TO CRIMINAL,
DISCIPLINARY, AND/OR ADMINISTRATIVE ACTION. CONTRACTOR EMPLOYEE MISCONDUCT WILL BE
REFERRED TO THE EMPLOYING CONTRACTOR THROUGH APPLICABLE CONTRACTING CHANNELS FOR
APPROPRIATE ACTION.
5. THE FOLLOWING GUIDANCE ON ONLINE CONDUCT IS PROVIDED.
5.A. COMMANDERS AND LEADERS WILL REINFORCE A CLIMATE WHERE CURRENT AND FUTURE
MEMBERS OF THE ARMY TEAM, INCLUDING SOLDIERS, ARMY CIVILIANS, CONTRACTORS, AND FAMILY
MEMBERS, UNDERSTAND THAT ONLINE MISCONDUCT IS INCONSISTENT WITH ARMY VALUES AND
WHERE ONLINE–RELATED INCIDENTS ARE PREVENTED, REPORTED, AND ADDRESSED AT THE LOWEST
POSSIBLE LEVEL.
5.B. WHEN USING ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION DEVICES, MEMBERS OF THE ARMY TEAM SHOULD
APPLY “THINK, TYPE, POST”: “THINK” ABOUT THE MESSAGE BEING COMMUNICATED AND WHO COULD
POTENTIALLY VIEW IT; “TYPE” A COMMUNICATION THAT IS CONSISTENT WITH ARMY VALUES; AND
“POST” ONLY THOSE MESSAGES THAT DEMONSTRATE DIGNITY AND RESPECT FOR SELF AND OTHERS.
5.C. PERSONNEL EXPERIENCING OR WITNESSING ONLINE MISCONDUCT SHOULD PROMPTLY REPORT
MATTERS TO THE CHAIN OF COMMAND/SUPERVISION. ALTERNATIVE AVENUES FOR REPORTING AND
INFORMATION INCLUDE: FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT
OPPORTUNITY, SEXUAL HARASSMENT/ASSAULT RESPONSE AND PREVENTION, THE INSPECTOR
GENERAL, AND ARMY LAW ENFORCEMENT.
6. THE FOLLOWING HQDA ACTIONS WILL REINFORCE PROFESSIONAL ONLINE CONDUCT.
6.A. ARMY REGULATION 600–20 CURRENTLY CONTAINS PUNITIVE LANGUAGE REGARDING HARMFUL
USE OF ELECTRONIC MEDIA. THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY (MANPOWER & RESERVE
AFFAIRS) (ASA (M&RA)), IN COORDINATION WITH THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF (DCS), G–1, WILL
ENSURE THAT FUTURE UPDATES FURTHER CLARIFY ARMY POLICY REGARDING ELECTRONIC
COMMUNICATIONS AND ONLINE CONDUCT.
6.B. ARMY CONTRACTS AND AGREEMENTS CURRENTLY CONTAIN LANGUAGE THAT COVERS
MISCONDUCT. THE DEPUTY ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE ARMY–PROCUREMENT WILL INITIATE
UPDATES TO FURTHER CLARIFY CONTRACTUAL RESPONSIBILITIES REGARDING ELECTRONIC
COMMUNICATIONS AND ONLINE CONDUCT.
6.C. ARMY PROGRAMS CURRENTLY TRACK CERTAIN MISCONDUCT RELATED TO EQUAL OPPORTUNITY,
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY, SHARP, INSPECTOR GENERAL INVESTIGATIONS, UCMJ
DISPOSITION, AND LAW ENFORCEMENT INVESTIGATIONS. ASA (M&RA), DCS, G–1, THE INSPECTOR
GENERAL, THE JUDGE ADVOCATE GENERAL, AND THE PROVOST MARSHAL GENERAL WILL INITIATE
UPDATES TO THEIR RESPECTIVE SYSTEMS TO TRACK ONLINE–RELATED INCIDENTS.
6.D. THE ASSISTANT CHIEF OF STAFF (INSTALLATION MANAGEMENT) AND INSTALLATION
MANAGEMENT COMMAND WILL ASSESS WAYS TO PROVIDE INFORMATION AND SUPPORT TO FAMILIES
TO RAISE AWARENESS OF ONLINE CONDUCT, MISCONDUCT, AND RESPONSE OPTIONS.
6.E. CIO/G–6 WILL UPDATE THE ACCEPTABLE USE POLICY, THE NETWORK USER AGREEMENT, AND
CYBER AWARENESS CHALLENGE ANNUAL TRAINING TO ADDRESS ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND
ONLINE CONDUCT POLICY IN AR 600–20.
6.F. DCS, G–3/5/7, IN COORDINATION WITH ASA (M&RA) AND TRAINING AND DOCTRINE COMMAND,
WILL UPDATE THE STANDARDIZED ARMY PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTION AND TRAINING PLANS FOR EQUAL
OPPORTUNITY, EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY, AND TREATMENT OF PERSONS TO PROVIDE
DISCUSSION POINTS AND VIGNETTES REGARDING THE ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS AND ONLINE
CONDUCT POLICY IN AR 600–20. IN ACCORDANCE WITH AR 350–1, DCS, G–3/5/7 WILL REVIEW AND
APPROVE ADJUSTMENTS TO ANY AFFECTED TRAINING PRODUCTS FOR WHICH THE DCS, G–1 OR DCS, G–
6 IS THE PROPONENT.
6.G. DCS, G–1, IN COORDINATION WITH ASA (M&RA), WILL UPDATE THE STANDARDIZED ARMY
PROGRAM OF INSTRUCTION AND TRAINING PLANS FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT/ASSAULT RESPONSE AND
PREVENTION TO PROVIDE DISCUSSION POINTS AND VIGNETTES REGARDING THE ELECTRONIC
COMMUNICATIONS AND ONLINE CONDUCT POLICY IN AR 600–20.
6.H. THE OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS (OCPA) WILL UPDATE THE SOCIAL MEDIA HANDBOOK
TO PROVIDE AN EXPANDED DISCUSSION OF ONLINE RESPONSIBILITIES, PROTECTION BEST PRACTICES,
AND LEADER RESPONSE OPTIONS.
6.I. THE OFFICE OF THE PROVOST MARSHAL GENERAL/CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION COMMAND WILL
ISSUE CRIME AWARENESS FLYERS ABOUT ONLINE MISCONDUCT, AS APPROPRIATE. THE MOST RECENT
FLYER ON THIS TOPIC WAS ISSUED ON 17 APR 15 AND IS AVAILABLE AT
HTTP://WWW.CID.ARMY.MIL/CCIU2CAN.HTML.
7. TO THE EXTENT THAT ANY OF THESE REQUIREMENTS CHANGES THE CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
FOR BARGAINING UNIT EMPLOYEES, COMMANDS ARE REMINDED TO FULFILL LOCAL LABOR RELATIONS
OBLIGATIONS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
8. THE ARMY ENCOURAGES ITS MEMBERS TO TELL THE ARMY STORY AND IS NOT PROHIBITING OR
LIMITING THE RESPONSIBLE USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA.
9. THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR THIS ALARACT IS DR. SERELDA L. HERBIN AT
SERELDA.L.HERBIN.CIV@MAIL.MIL, 703–571–7295 OR MR. CLAY BRASHEAR AT 703–614–5311,
CLAY.A.BRASHEAR.CIV@MAIL.MIL.
10. THIS ALARACT MESSAGE EXPIRES ON 23 FEBRUARY 2018.