Female Marines

Posting nude photos of personnel online has officially been made illegal by the United States Navy and Marine Corps.

Both branches of the US military issued amendments to their current regulations after a recent photo-sharing scandal. 

Former and current service members had created a Facebook page on which naked photos of female sailors and marines were posted.

All four branches of the US military are now investigating similar incidents.

The rule change was first reported by Navy Times.

Under the new regulations: 

"The wrongful distribution or broadcasting of an intimate image is prohibited."

According to the guidelines, the posting of nude or intimate photos is now considered "wrongful" if the person in the image does not consent, and if the post is 

"to realize personal gain;" "to humiliate, harm, harass, intimidate, threaten, or coerce the depicted person;"

or done "with reckless disregard as to whether the depicted person would be humiliated, harmed, intimidated, threatened, or coerced."

This change goes into effect immediately and can be enforced by a military court.

The regulations have been approved by Acting Secretary of the Navy, Sean Stackley. 

In a statement at the time of the scandal he said:

"It is a call to arms in the wake of recent reports of unprofessional and inappropriate social media behaviour by some who have lost sight of that most fundamental purpose they themselves are duty-bound to serve."

"Our ability to succeed as a warfighting organisation is directly tied to our ability to fight as one team - a team that treats one another honourably."

The Commandant of the US Marine Corps has spoken out over the current investigation into the scandal.

In a video posted to Facebook, General Robert B Neller said: 

"If you can’t or are unwilling to commit to contributing 100 percent to our Corps’ warfighting ability by being a good teammate and improving cohesion and trust then I have to ask you, “Do you really want to be a Marine?”"

It has been announced that 27 individuals were involved in criminal activity relating to posting nude photos online, 15 of which are on serving US military personnel.

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