Social Media Use In Navy ERB Protest


Social media is playing a large role in the protest of the Navy separating nearly 3,000 sailors in 2012.

Twitter, YouTube and Facebook are helping to spread the word about an online petition against the Enlisted Review Board (ERB) process and to have it reviewed at the highest level. The problem isn’t the downsizing itself, but the selection criteria.

Spouses are actively involved by using social media avenues to communicate the facts of this campaign.  The Sailors Against ERB Facebook was created by a spouse. The Navy has also posted YouTube clips detailing the ERB process. I received a tweet as well, with a link for me to learn more about the issue.

I love the productive aspects of social media and the part it plays in military connections and information sharing.  I find myself learning more about military news and issues from a link on Twitter, Facebook, etc. than I do from a print publication or the traditional news. (Be sure to verify sources and validity before passing something on as fact).

Has social media improved your military life experience in the social or information realm?  Should it help draw attention to issues such as the Navy ERB situation?

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