Standards: Identified the steps for enforcing media ground rules.
Given a copy of your command/installation’s
media ground rules in a field, MOUT, or
garrison environment, enforce compliance
with the rules.
Identified the steps for enforcing media
Media ground rules may change between
various command levels within
garrison, field, and deployment
Ground rules recognize the
importance of media coverage of military
operations and are not intended to
prevent release of derogatory,
embarrassing, or negative information.
However, during operations, specific
information on friendly troop movements,
tactical deployments, and dispositions
could jeopardize operational security
and endanger lives.
Commanders and public affairs
practitioners will establish basic
ground rules ensuring the free flow of
information while safeguarding
classified materials or operational
1. Obtain area-specific ground rules from the local
public affairs office or representative.
2. Define media ground rules. Media representatives
are required to contact public affairs
prior to conducting any media-related
3. Determine if the media representative is aware of
area ground rules, if not explain
4. Be professional.
5. Inform the chain of command and public affairs
representative if ground rules are
Provide soldier with a copy of the media
ground rules. Obtain ground rules from the
local PAO, chain of command or refer to FM
46-1. Have one soldier play the part of a
soldier: Tell the soldier media
representatives are in the area and want to
interview soldiers for a print or broadcast
story. Evaluate the soldier on his ability to
enforce media ground rules.
1. Ensured soldier knew where to obtain a copy of
media ground rules.
2. Ensured soldier could define media ground rules.
3. Briefed media representative of violations to
established ground rules.
4. Reported ground rule violations to chain of command
or public affairs representative.
Guidance: Score the soldier GO if 70
percent or more of the performance measures
are passed and NO GO if less than 70 percent
of the performance measures are passed. If the
soldier scores NO GO on a performance measure,
show or tell him what was wrong and how to
perform the measure correctly.