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Social Media Guidance

Air Force members MAY:

  • Express personal views on public issues or political candidates (disclaimer may be required)
  • Identify political party affiliation on a social media profile
  • "Friend," "like" or "follow" articles or social media pages related to group, candidate or political issues (disclaimer may be required)

MAY NOT

  • Engage in any of the allowed social media activities in the work place, on duty or using government resources
  • Fundraise or solicit support for a partisan cause including "liking," "retweeting," "sharing" or forwarding invites to these online sources (similar to distributing campaign material)
  • Post content for or make direct links to a political party, partisan political candidate, group or cause
  • Post on behalf of the Air Force

Note: If you have questions, want additional information or doubt your participation in political activities, contact the Staff Judge Advocate.

References and Links

Air Force instructions

  • AFI 1-1. Air Force Standards
  • AFI 51-508: Political activities, free speech and freedom of assembly of Air Force personnel 
  • AFI 35-101, Public Affairs Mission: covers the PA mission and implementation
  • AFI 35-107, Public Web Communications: addresses the Public Web Program and social media
  • AFI 35-113, Internal Information: review section 15 for social media guidance

DoD Directives and Instructions

  • DoDD 1344.10, Political activities by members of the Armed Forces
  • DoDI 8550.01, DOD Internet services and internet-based capabilities

US Office of Special Counsel

Note: If you have questions, want additional information or doubt your participation in political activities, contact the Staff Judge Advocate.