The US Army has reversed its policy on the use of social networking sites and ordered its network managers to give soldiers access to sites like Twitter, Facebook and Flickr, reports.

The decision reverses a long-standing policy against online social networking media, and will now allow soldiers to access these sites from the US Army homepage within the .mil domain.

An army order issued to directors of Information Management, published by said that it was the “intent of senior army leaders to leverage social media as medium to allow soldiers to tell the army story and to facilitate the dissemination of strategic, unclassified information.”

The US Army had previously blocked the use of such sites, fearing that sensitive and classified information could leak into the public domain and into the hands of its enemies.