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Wrongfully Posting Intimate Images Leads to Administrative Separation:

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Effective immediately, personnel who wrongfully distribute or broadcast intimate images in violation of Article 1168 of U.S. Navy Regulations will face mandatory administrative separation processing, the Navy announced in NAVADMIN 119/17, May 16.

"There is no room in our Navy for this toxic behavior," said Chief of Naval Personnel, Vice Adm. Robert Burke. "This new policy shows that we are committed to eradicating this behavior from our force."

1) Anyone found to have violated the regulation is now subject to mandatory administrative separation processing.

2) Wrongfully distributing or broadcasting an intimate image for personal gain, or with the intent to humiliate, harm, harass, intimidate, threaten or coerce the depicted persons, or with reckless disregard as to whether the depicted person would be humiliated, harmed, intimidated, threatened, or coerced is a violation of Navy regulations.

3) An intimate image is a visual depiction of an identifiable person engaging in sexually explicit conduct or that depicts at least one of his or her private areas, and that was taken under circumstances in which the subject had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

4) Distribution means the act of delivering an image to the possession of another, including transmission by electronic means. Broadcasting means the act of electronically transmitting a visual image with the intent that it be viewed by a person or persons.

5) This regulatory change complements Article 120c of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), which prohibits the indecent viewing, visual recording or broadcasting of another person.

6) Military Personnel Manual (MILPERSMAN) Article 1910-233, Mandatory Separation Processing, and MILPERSMAN 1910-142, Separation by Reason of Misconduct - Commission of a Serious Offense, have been updated to reflect this new policy for enlisted personnel. Officers who violate Article 1168 will be subject to administrative separation processing in accordance with SECNAVINST 1920.6C.

7) This NAVADMIN applies to offenses that take place on or after May 16. Earlier offenses will be punished under existing regulations.

Read NAVADMIN 119/17 at
Read the ALNAV here.