OFFICIAL PUBLICATIONS AND DIRECTIVES
Using publications and directives are part
of the daily routine of any Navy office. The
efficiency of the office depends on how well
this is done. This makes it important for you
understand their contents, and how to stow
and retrieve them as they are needed. As
stated before, you cant remember everything;
the trick is to know where to find information.
In this chapter we will tell you about the
publications you will need to do your job as
a Yeoman (YN) responsible for managing a
great deal of information and providing it to
a great number of people.
The Constitution of the United States, the
treaties this Nation enters into, and laws
passed by the Congress comprise the
fundamental law governing the Navy. These,
however, give only the broad outlines. For
express directions setting forth procedures
under the law,
the Navy has various
publications and official directives.
directives, orders, and instructions issued for
the guidance of persons throughout the
Department of the Navy (DON) are found in
the following sources.
UNITED STATES NAVY
Foremost in general importance among
official publications is the United States Navy
Regulations, 1990 (Navy Regs).
regulatory document of the DON states policy
as to the duties, responsibilities, authority,
and relationships of various
commands, officials, and individuals. It
outlines the organizational structure of the
DON and issues the principles and policies by
which the Navy is governed. The chapters set
forth, among other things, the responsibility,
purpose, authority, and relationship of each
bureau and office of the Navy Department;
headquarters organizations; and the senior
executives (military and civilian) of the DON.
The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is
responsible for making changes to N a vy
Regulations, and the changes are approved by
the Secretary of the Navy. It is published in
loose-leaf form and kept in an adjustable
binder so that changes may be inserted as
STANDARD ORGANIZATION AND
REGULATIONS OF THE U.S. NAVY
Regulations of the U.S. Navy is issued as
OPNAVINST 3120.32 by the CNO. This
publication issues regulations and guidance
governing the conduct of all members of the
U.S. Navy. These regulations use two types
the material in uppercase is
regulatory, and the material printed in plain
type is for the guidance of commanders,
commanding officers (COs), and officers in
These regulations apply to each
member of the Navy individually. Violation of
of these regulations is
punishable under the Uniform Code of
Military Justice (UCMJ).
As a YN, you should be generally familiar
with the entire publication but you will want
to be particularly familiar with chapter 3,
Unit Organization; chapter 5,
Regulations; chapter 6, Unit Bills; and
chapter 10, Unit Directives System. You
will refer frequently to this publication during
the course of everyday activities.
especially true if you are serving aboard ship.