Sorry - going to sound really harsh here, but which fallen in particular?
I have enormous sadness for the families of the 6 soldiers lost this week, but equally I think we should remember all of them equally, and not elevate one tragic loss above another. I will remember them all in November, on the 11th hour of the 11th day.
Have I missed something but apart from the fact that the OP is a reservist, what is this thread doing on the RNR page?
BTW - also not a Facebook type and will, as commented above by PT, take full advantage of 11/11 to pay my public respects for those fallen in the service of my country. (I pay my private respects every time I read or think about the tragic loss of life anywhere and everywhere of our servicemen and servicewomen).
Further to Ninja's post, I was mortified to see a new group appear on Facebook recently, called "Find Every British Forces Supporter on Facebook"; it said that its aim was to:
"find every British Army soldier, RAF, and Royal Navy/Royal Marine serviceman, woman and Veteran, their family and friends, and the various military supporters on Facebook, and beyond."
I watched as people fell over themselves trying to join; each joiner was encouraged to invite people from their friends' lists for the group. People were posting things like "oh this is great, my daughter is serving with the xxx and is in xxx at the moment ....". A couple of clicks and the serving relatives were clearly visible ...
What worried me even more was the name of the person who had founded the group. His name is in Serbian and ermmm isn't actually a name at all, it's the Serbian phrase for 'false name'.
And still people are adding themselves to the group.
Really? The person who runs the group you refer to is called Lažnim Imenom. "Nepošten pomenuti" is Serbian for 'false name', so I don't know why you think he is a threat to national security! He may just be a sad, lonely user of the internet, trawling the fora for likeminded friends - rather than a former Republika Srpska sniper, coming to kill you in the face... Anyway, genuine or not, this group certainly hasn't been flagged by any of the watchlists that I am aware of... :roll:
And returning to the OP: I have seen this and similar campaigns in the past, but I have not changed my Facebook profile picture. I show my respect for serving/ex-serving comrades (fallen or otherwise) in my own way. I do not need to broadcast, celebrate or publicise my occupation to anybody. Having a picture of yourself in rig does not make you a more worthwhile supporter of the Forces; not having a picture doesnt make you a heartless philistine either. But in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't really change anything. If you want to do it, then fine. But in my opinion it's a futile gesture. There are more relevant ways of showing respect. And I know it might come as a shock to some, but... people die! Including service personnel! When I heard the news of the recent deaths of the 6 soldiers, I felt sorry for the families. But I also felt sorry for my next door neighbours, who lost elderly parents recently. I also shed a tear for a pet who I had to put to sleep. Death comes to us all.
We were actually told by an officer in an official security briefing before deployment that a profile photo is one of the least serious things you can do on facebook. You cant search for somebody wearing rig. Unlike say listing your job as RN, or joining groups to do with your service.
If you have it set so only friends can view your profile then that photo really dosent matter at all. If anyone wants to find my address they should probably start by using the tube and picking up laptops left loafing. The MOD seem to be good at dong that.
Although they try to operate with the best interests at heart, FLEET do not and cannot dictate what people do on their Facebook accounts (unlike Professional Standards Units/Police Officers). And anybody dumb enough to allow full/public access on Facebook deserve all the online grief they get; you can "advise" all you want - some people will not listen, so I don't waste my breath on them any more...