SOCIAL MEDIA MISCONDUCT LEADERS HANDBOOK AND DISCUSSION GUIDE
Date Signed: 4/4/2017
MARADMINS Number: 168/17
041740Z APR 17
MSGID/GENADMIN/CMC WASHINGTON DC DMCS//
SUBJ/SOCIAL MEDIA MISCONDUCT LEADERS HANDBOOK AND DISCUSSION GUIDE//
REF/A/CMC WHITE LETTER 1-17//
POC/O. J. RANDALL/LTCOL/CMC TF CUROPS/TEL: (703)692-4337/E-MAIL: OMAR.RANDALL(AT)USMC.MIL//
GENTEXT/REMARKS/1. In accordance with Ref A, this MARADMIN provides leaders the tools to educate their Marines and Sailors in addressing social media misconduct. The “Leader's Handbook and Discussion Guide” is a tool for Officers, SNCOs, and NCOs to discuss social media misconduct to include as it relates to gender discrimination and harassment, safe online conduct, as well as directing mandatory reporting requirements for possible social media misconduct. The handbook also provides leaders with task force information, scenario based training, and resource links for victims and those who report social media misconduct. The training is intended to be conducted at the platoon/section level by both the officer-in-charge and SNCOIC/NCOs. However, MARFOR Commanders and Deputy Commandants may prescribe the best manner for reviewing the guide and discussing its contents based on their operational requirements or desired format.
2. Effective upon receipt of this MARADMIN, the reporting requirements identified in attachment B (Social Media Complaint Process) of the Leader's Handbook and Discussion Guide will be used to report and track online social media misconduct. IAW attachment B, upon receipt of information identifying possible social media misconduct, Commanders will:
a. Within 24 hours notify NCIS for an initial determination of whether the social media misconduct meets the criminal investigative criteria (Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Assault, Stalking, Sexual Misconduct, Crimes Against Persons, or Extortion).
b. Generate an initial report within 24 hours in the Discrimination, and Sexual Harassment (DASH) database. This report will be generated in all cases that meet the requirements set forth in MCO P5354.1D w/Ch.1 the Marine Corps Equal Opportunity Manual, to include those referred for initial determination and currently under investigation by NCIS. In reports that are being determined, or actively investigated by NCIS, unit Equal Opportunity Representatives (EORs) via their assigned Equal Opportunity Advisors (EOA) will capture the complaint and victim demographic information only, and annotate in the initial entry “referred to NCIS” with appropriate case control number (if available).
c. Generate an OPREP-3 (Serious Incident Report) to HQMC if the social media complaint meets the NCIS criminal investigative criteria outlined above or the requirements identified in MCO 3504.2A Operations Event/Incident Report Reporting. If the event-criteria threshold is unclear, submit an OPREP-3.
d. Ensure known victims are offered assistance through the unit Victims Witness Assistance Coordinator and Victims' Legal Counsel Organization.
e. Deconflict and facilitate coordination with NCIS or USMC Criminal Investigation Division as required, and consult with their staff judge advocates to discuss investigative actions (i.e. preliminary inquiry or command investigation) and when appropriate, disposition decisions.
f. Ensure that unit EORs via their assigned EOAs maintain updates in DASH reporting system and close out DASH report NLT 72 hours after final disposition.
3. MARFOR Commanders and Deputy Commandants are directed to report that they have reviewed and discussed the contents of the Leader's Handbook and Discussion Guide in either the recommended format per para. 1, or in a format they prescribe, with their Marines and assigned Sailors by Naval message to ACMC via DMCS at CMC DMCS WASHINGTON DC NLT 15 May 2017.
4. The Leader's Handbook and Discussion Guide can be found at https:(slash)(slash)www.manpower.usmc.mil/cmc. A Common Access Card (CAC) is required to access the hyperlink. Users may be required to disable compatibility view settings.
5. Direct all questions and feedback to the POC listed in this message or to the HQMC CMC TF organizational mailbox CMC_TF_CurOps@USMC.MIL.
6. Release authorized by James B. Laster, Lieutenant General, Director, Marine Corps Staff.//