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Social Media Misuse in the United States Army

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Technical Report

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US Army Command and General Staff College Fort Leavenworth United States

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The United States Army needs to bring social media misuse awareness to every professional leader in the Army. Within the past year, the Army began taking steps to bring awareness to this topic but it is going to take a change in leadership in order for this to occur. Army leaders need to ensure competent, ethical subordinate leaders are aware of Soldiers social media usage, and how misuse can affect the units culture and climate. Soldiers are now using social media to harass fellow Soldiers with derogatory comments and pictures that could result in a lack of bonding and trust throughout the unit. Social media harassment is no different than harassing an individual in person it has the same effects so why does it not have the same repercussions How can the Army hold Soldiers and Leaders accountable for this type of harassment How can the Army educate its Soldiers and Leaders of the harmful results of sexual harassment through social media This thesis will research how the Army will contend with this new dynamic of harassment and it will begin with the professional leaders in our formations.

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