constitute authority to commanding officers (COs) to
issue public reprimands that are looked upon with
disfavor by the Department of the Navy.
A nonpunitive letter is not considered punishment,
rather to remedy a noted deficiency in conduct or
performance of duty (fig. 11-3). A nonpunitive letter will be
kept a personal matter between the member and the superior
issuing the nonpunitive letter. Other than secretarial letters
of censure (see JAGINST 5800.7C), the letter may not be
forwarded to the Chief of Naval Personnel or the
Commandant of the Marine Corps, quoted in or
appended to fitness reports, included as enclosures to
investigations pursuant to the Manual of the Judge
Advocate General or to other investigations, or otherwise
included in official departmental records of the recipient.
A punitive letter is issued as nonjudicial punishment
or as the result of a sentence by court-martial (fig. 11-4).
In the case of commissioned officers and warrant
officers, punitive letters given as nonjudicial
punishment must be administered in writing. When
Figure 11-4.-Punitive letter of reprimand.