Girl sol­diers make web a ph­woar zone

Daily Star Sunday - - FRONT PAGE - ■ EX­CLU­SIVE by PA­TRICK WILLIAMS

SCORES of fe­male solid­ers are parad­ing their as­sets on dat­ing sites like Tin­der.

But there are fears they are mak­ing them­selves po­ten­tial tar­gets for spies and ter­ror­ists.

We found dozens of images show­ing mil­i­tary per­son­nel pos­ing in un­form, gym kit, biki­nis and un­der­wear.

Now the Daily Star Sun­day un­der­stands that se­nior com­man­ders have warned troops who post sexy self­ies they could jeop­ar­dise their own se­cu­rity.

Sol­diers are rou­tinely told to be aware of the risks when post­ing ma­te­rial on web plat­forms.

But one serv­ing fe­male sol­dier told us: “It’s only a bit of fun and I think it shows sol­diers are hu­man like every­one else.

“Just be­cause you wear a shape­less Army uni­form in your day job doesn’t mean you can’t look sexy.”

Women serv­ing in the Nor­we­gian, Dan­ish, Fin­nish and Is­raeli Armies have also posted pic­tures of them­selves on the web, with many ap­pear­ing on a mil­i­tary Face­book page called Fill Your Boots.

One source said: “The Min­istry of De­fence is con­stantly warn­ing troops to be care­ful about what they post on so­cial me­dia, in­clud­ing dat­ing apps.

“All sol­diers face the threat of be­ing tar­geted by ter­ror­ists if they give away per­sonal de­tails.

“The is­sue of women post­ing self­ies is some­thing new. For­eign in­tel­li­gence agen­cies could use this as a method of ex­ploit­ing fe­male sol­diers by of­fer­ing them mod­el­ling con­tracts.

“Many fe­male sol­diers work in very sen­si­tive posts such as in­tel­li­gence and sig­nals and could be eas­ily tar­geted.”

In a sep­a­rate de­vel­op­ment, troops have been told they risk spend­ing time in­side mil­i­tary jail if they post porno­graphic images or videos on the web.

A warn­ing or­der is­sued to units last week re­vealed how one sol­dier who posted ob­scene footage was locked up for three months in­side the Army’s prison in Colch­ester.

The of­fender was also fined three months’ wages.

The doc­u­ment re­vealed that troops have been warned they could be fined by the Army for a host of other of­fences such as va­p­ing in bar­racks, which car­ries a penalty of £162.

Driv­ing Army ve­hi­cles while us­ing a phone means a fine of £176.

Post­ing racist or porno­graphic ma­te­rial leads to the most se­vere pun­ish­ments.

A warn­ing on the doc­u­ment said: “The ser­vice dis­ci­pline sys­tem is there to pun­ish il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity and to re­in­force high stan­dards.

“So­cial me­dia forms an in­creas­ing part of our lives. As you can see there is great po­ten­tial for it to get you into trou­ble. If in doubt, don’t post it.”

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