be delegated. Therefore, you should do the
. Briefly review the changes and inform the
supply officer of any significant changes in
procedures. (The change cover sheet normally
identifies significant procedural changes.)
l Ensure prompt distribution of changes to
appropriate publication holders.
. Take necessary steps to procure changes
when automatic distribution or sufficient copies
are not received.
. Be sure the subordinate who is making
changes to a publication is aware of the
importance of making them promptly and
correctly. Because of your rate and experience,
you have the added responsibility for instructing
and supervising subordinates in the use and
maintenance of publications. This may be
accomplished by a combination of methods.
l Include various publications in the formal
. Provide opportunities for practical use of
the publications rather than supplying all the
. Give individual on-the-job instruction to
subordinates in using and maintaining
DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY
Standard Organization and Regulations of the
U.S. Navy (SORM), OPNAVINST 3120.32, gives
regulations and guidance governing the conduct
of all members of the U.S. Navy.
The material in OPNAVINST3120.32 that is
printed in italicized type is regulatory. These
regulations apply to each member of the U.S.
Navy individually and will not be further
The material in this instruction that is printed
in plain type is for guidance of commanders,
commanding officers, and officers in charge. This
material may be further implemented by sub-
ordinate commanders as considered necessary or
The NAVSUP Manual, volume I, contains a
list of publications pertaining to supply operations
and provides instructions for procuring them.
These publications are generally procedural in
nature and, with few exceptions, are automatically
distributed to ships and stations requiring them.
TYPE COMMANDER PUBLICATIONS
Some procedures, such as OPTAR account-
ing, are issued Navywide in the form of broad
guidelines that authorize the type commanders
(TYCOMs) to establish specific procedures for the
ships and activities under their command. This
is necessary because the types and missions of
ships and activities differ greatly among the
various TYCOMs. These publications must
conform to basic guidelines established by the
Department of the Navy.
Every ship or station has its own organization
manual, and every shipboard department has its
own manual, which is normally a segment of the
ships organizational and regulations manual.
Ships Organization and
The ships organization and regulations
manual is issued by the commanding officer
according to OPNAVINST 3120.32 to outline the
duties and responsibilities of heads of departments
and division officers and the various emergency
bills applicable to the ship. It also provides the
framework within which the functions and
responsibilities of the departments must be
organized so that all hands are working together
in support of the ships mission.
Supply Department Organization
The supply department organization manual
is produced by the supply officer and approved
by the commanding officer according to
A supply department organization manual
may vary in length from a few pages to a thick
volume. It provides a comprehensive outline of