Standard ground rules are :
1. All interviews with service membres will be on the record
Security at the source is the policy. Interviews with pilots and aircrew members are authorized upon completion of missions ; however, release of information must conform to these media ground rules,
2. Print or broadcast stories will be datelined according to local ground rules. Local ground rules will be coordinated through command channels with CENTCOM.
3. Media embedded with U.S. forces are not permitted to carry personal firearms.
4. Media will not possess or consume alcoholic beverages or posses pornographic matériels while embedded with coalition forces.
5. Light discipline restrictions will be followed. Visible light sources, including flash or télévision lights, flash cameras will not be used when operating with forces at night unless specifically approved in advance by the on-scene commander.
6. Embargoes may be imposed to protect operational security.
Embargoes will only be used for operational security and will be lifted as soon as the ope rational security issue has passed.
7. The following categories of information are releasable.
8. Approximate friendly force strength figures.
9. Approximate friendly casualty figures by service. Embedded media may, within OPSEC limits, confirm unit casualties they have witnessed.
10. Confirmed figures of enemy personnel detained or captured.
11. Size of friendly force participating in an action or operation can be disclosed using approximate terms. Specific force or unit identification may be released when it no longer warrants security protection.
12. Information and location of military targets and objectives previously under attack.
13. Generic description of origin of air operations, such as "land-based."
14. Date, time or location of previous conventional rnilitary missions and actions, as well as mission results are releasable only if described in general terms.
15. Types of ordnance expended in general terms.
16. Number of aerial combat or reconnaissance missions or sorties flown in CENTCOM’s area of operation-
17. Type of forces involved. (e.g., air defense, infantry. armor, Marines).
18. Allied participation by type of operation (ships, aircraft, ground units, etc.) After approval of the allied unit commander.
19. Operation code names.
20. Names and hometowns of U.S. military units.
21. Service members’ names and home towns with the individuals’ consent-
22. The following categories of information are not releasable since their publication or broadcast could jeopardize operations and endanger lives.
23. Specific number of troops in unhs below Corps/MEF level.
24. Specific number of aircraft in units at or below the Air Expeditionary Wing level.
25. Specific number regarding other equipment or critical supplies (e.g. artillery, tanks, landing craft, radars, trucks, water, etc.).
26. Specific nimber of ships in units below the carrier battle group level
27. Names of military installations or specific geographic locations of military units in the CENTCOM area of responsability, unless specifically released by the department of defense or authorized by the CENTCOM commander. News and imagery products that identify or include identifiable features of these locations are not authorized for release.
28. Information regarding future operations.
29. Information regarding force protection measures at military installations or encampments (except those which are visible or readily apparent)
30. Photography showing level of security at military installations or encampments
31. Rules of engagement.
32. Information on intelligence collection activities compromising tactics, techniques or procédures.
33. Extra precautions in reporting will be required at the commencement of hostilities to maximize operational surprise. Live broadcasts from airfields, on the ground or afloat, by embedded media are prohibited until the safe return of the initial strike package or until authorized by the unit commander.
34. During an operation, specific information on friendly force troop movements, tactical deployments, and dispositions that would jeopardize operational security or lives. Information on on-going engagements will not be released unless authorized for release by on-scene commander.
35. Information on special operations units, unique opérations methodology or tacfics, for example, air operations, angles of attack, and speeds, naval tactical or evasive maneuvcrs, etc. General terms such as "low" or "fast" may be used.
36. Information on effectiveness of enemy electronic warfare.
37. Information identifying postponed or canceled operations
38. Information on missing or downed aircraft or missing vessels while search and reçue and recovery operations are being planned or underway.
39. Information on effectiveness of enemy camouflage, cover, deception. Target, direct and indirect fire, intelligence collection, or security measures.
40. No photographs or other visual media showing an enemy prisoner of war or detainee’s recognizable face, nametag or other identifying feature or item may be taken. No interviews with detainees will be granted.
41. Still or video imagery of custody operations or interviews with persons under custody.
42. Media representatives will not release names of service membres killed, missing or injured until next of kin notification is completed.
43. Although images of casualties are authorized to show the horrors of war, no photographs or other visual media showing a deceased service member’s recognizable face, nametag or other identifying feature of item may be taken.
44. Media visits to medical facilities will be in accordance with applicable regulations, standard operating procédures, operations ordcrs and instructions by attending physicians. If approved, service or medical facility personnel must escort media at all times.
45. Patient welfare, patient privacy, and next of kin/family considerations are the governing concerns about news media coverage of wounded, injured and ill personnel in medical treatment facilities or other casualty collection and treatment locations.
46. Media visits are authorized to medical care facilities, but must be approved by the medical facility commander and attending physician and must not interfere with medical treatment. Requests to visit medical care facilities outside the continental United States will be coordinated by the unified command PA.
47. Reporters may visit those areas designated by the facility commander, but will not be allowed in operating rooms during operating procedures-
48. Permission to interview or photograph a patient will be granted only with the consent of the attending physician or facility commander and with the patient’s informed consent, witnessed by the escort.
49. "Informed consent" means the patient understands his or her picture and comments are being collected for news media purposes and they may appear nationwide in news media reports.
50. The attending physician or escort should advise the service member if NOK have been notified.
"I (insert name)_____________________, am (insert job description) ___________ an
employee of _____________________(insert news organization), have read the aforementioned media ground rules and agree, with my signature, to abide by them. I also understand that violation of these ground rules is cause for the revocation of my media accreditation with CFLCC.
Printed Name, affiliate, address & phone number
Witness Printed Name, Rank