Army Instructors On Facebook

Discussion in 'The Training Wing' started by lifelonglearner, Jul 15, 2008.

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  1. Do you have a Facebook profile? Perhaps you have seen the profile of one of your instructors or have been invited to 'friend' someone under your command?

    If so I'd be interested to know your views on how what we reveal about ourselves on social network sites affects people's opinions of what we are like.

    If you are a Facebook user, in the Army (or have recently left) please have a look at my MSc webpage at and click through to 'questionnaire'

    (You'll need a Facebook account to take part).

    Your help will be very much appreciated and your responses will remain confidential.
  2. WTF?

    Did you get permission to post that?
  3. LLL, I will fill in your questionnaire later on (I'm an instructor and have had trainees try to add me on facebook-I've declined them however) if you want your questionnaire tainted by having a filthy matelot take part?

    However, I must say that I am slightly concerned at a schoolie not knowing the difference between effect and affect!

    C- Must try harder :D
  4. @ Detonator: Please message me with your concerns as I'm not sure what the problem is. Permission from whom?

    @ The Matelot - Thank you for your offer (yes please) and the correction. :oops:
  5. Journo Alert ?
  6. BiscuitsAB

    BiscuitsAB LE Moderator

    Oh I dunno, permission form Good or Bad CO maybe? Any kind of research for whatever reason request should go through them as a matter of good manners if nothing else.

    Now I do add my students to my face book but only the female ones and only if they have their t1ts out.
  7. Fair comment, but have a look at my website first and judge for yourself. I'm an Army-sponsored Masters student. See my other posts or if you prefer email me at

  8. Despite a rather harsh initial response to this thread, I'd like to say thanks to those that have viewed my site (70 +) and taken the time to respond to this survey. Your views will be incorporated into my study. I am particularly keen to hear more views from JNCOs and SNCOs but all responses are welcome.

    I think it is important to understand what we reveal about ourselves online, whether it is on here or on other social network sites. Your views and experience will help me understand whether such use is appropriate or not.

    If you don't want to complete the full questionnaire, please just post a response to following question:

    How appropriate is it for an Army Instructor to use a social network site such as Facebook?
  9. Has basic changed that much in 20 years that social websites get used to 'connect' with trainees? In my day, the difficulty was avoiding connecting with instructors. You couldn't turn round without one of the buggers being there.

    P.S. Harumph!
  10. This is the 21st Century, we instructors have to move with the times and embrace modern culture.. personally speaking I actually find cyber bullying far gentler on my knuckles than the real thing!

  11. You make a good point when you suggest that the space is for the trainees to connect and that maybe having instructors also in that space is unwelcomed by the trainees.

    Many thanks.

  12. Yes but at least you find out who amongst the girls is likely to engage in some backdoor fun eh?
  13. You also make a good point when you suggest that social network sites could be used for inappropriate activities. Generally speaking I would discourage smoking even if it takes place to the rear of the Training Wing.
  14. What an utter heap of the proverbial and what an utter waste of public money.

    Military recruits connect through physical speech and actions not through posting fantasy facts on websites designed for the intellectually impoversished, whilst sitting in their room, simultaneously eating their sweeties, and thrapping off. In short, they need to work, train, live, and socialise together in a real environment not in some silly fantasy construct.

    Perhaps you should devote some time to revisiting flawed initiatives such as the removal of EPC - at least this actually delivered useful effect rather than forming the basis of yet another useless staff paper on how we can deliver 'improved' effect.
  15. Thanks for your input and I note your support for a return to the Education For Promotion Certificate, as I think that's want you are saying.

    As for your views on social network sites, I will put you with those that think use of social network sites is inappropriate.

    Many thanks for posting.