Fort Benning, GA asked in Military Law for Georgia

Q: Hello I have a few questions. It is authorized to use your military email account to conduct personal business?

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2 Lawyer Answers

Michael David Birchmore

  • Alpharetta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: You should probably ask your CO or contact your local JAG office for an answer. Generally, most lawyers are going to strongly urge people to NOT use their occupational email account(s) to convey personal non job related communications. You can probably guess why.

Philip D. Cave

  • Military Law Lawyer
  • Alexandria, VA

A: No.

The prohibitions are similar to what they used to be many years ago when all we had were desk phones.

You can use government email to make checks on kids, family member undergoing an emergency, perhaps to say you'll be home late. But personal use of email is intended to be for the occasional use.

Certainly you cannot use government resources to run a business. That's also a possible security clearance problem.

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