Not long ago, the Department of Defense reversed its decision on social networking for active military and agreed to allow the rank-and-file to use such platforms as Twitter, Facebook, and others to communicate. The new freedom does come with a few caveats, however: They have to use non-classified computers, they cannot "jeopardize operational security," and they cannot access restricted sites.
At the time, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said:
This directive recognizes the importance of balancing appropriate security measures while maximizing the capabilities afforded by 21st Century Internet tools.
In addition, commanding officers have authority to limit access to the social networking platforms as necessary.
But active military personnel and their families are not the only ones taking advantage of the policy change. In fact, David Johnson, a former special ops soldier and founder of ArmedZilla.com says the change was a long time coming and can be used to fill a void for those who have the unique stresses and social needs associated with going to or returning from war.
According to PRWeb:
The Department of Defense policy change acknowledges the advantage to those serving and maintaining connections with family, friends and peers. Technology allows a movement across the Web, and the government believes that it is psychologically desirable for personnel to maintain contact.
Johnson launched ArmedZilla.com, the first social networking platform designed specifically for military personnel, veterans and their supporters, this week. He notes:
We have built what we believe is a true social support system for current military personnel and vets. We offer a discussion forum, a bulletin board for posting events along with wants and needs, also the ability to form special groups, post information to help with relevant issues...