DIRECTIVES ISSUANCE SYSTEM
The Department of the Navy Directives
provides the method of issuing directives for
all activities in the Navy.
SECNAVINST 5215.1, a directive prescribes
or establishes policy, organization, conduct,
methods, or procedures; requires action or sets
forth information essential to the effective
administration or operation of activities
information that must be issued formally.
This chapter gives you information about
the directives issuance system. You will be
dealing with the directives issuance system on
a daily basis in your work. Become familiar
with it; it will pay handsome rewards.
DIRECTIVES ISSUANCE TERMS
The following terms and their definitions
will help you understand the material in this
DIRECTIVE. An instruction, notice, or
change transmittal. It prescribes or establishes
policy, organization, conduct, methods, or
procedures; requires action or sets forth
to the effective
administration or operation of activities; or
contains authority or information that must be
passed formally. The types of directives used
in the Directives Issuance System are
instructions, notices, and change transmittals.
INSTRUCTION. A directive containing
authority or information having continuing
reference value or requiring continuing action.
It remains in effect until superseded or
otherwise cancelled by the originator or higher
NOTICE. A directive, effective for one
time only or for a brief period, that has the
same force and effect as an instruction.
Usually, it will remain in effect for less than
6 months, but is not permitted to remain in
effect for longer than 1 year.
requirement for continuing action contained in
a notice, such as the submission of a report,
use of a form, or following a specified
procedure, is considered to be cancelled when
the notice is cancelled, unless the requirement
is incorporated into another suitable document.
A notice has a self-cancelling provision. The
cancellation date is always stated. When the
exact length of time a notice is to remain in
effect cannot be determined at the time of
issuance, the specific date for record purposes
is set far enough in the future to allow all
necessary use of the notice.
determinations are indicated at the top right
corner (Cane frp:) or as the last paragraph
preceded by the words C a n c e l l a t i o n
CHANGE TRANSMITTAL. The medium
used to transmit changes to an instruction or,
under extenuating circumstances, a notice.
Each transmittal describes the nature of the
changes it transmits and gives directions for
A numerical list of
This list is used to
verify the completeness and accuracy of a
master set of instructions.
CROSS-REFERENCE SHEET. A sheet
distributed with a directive, and filed in the
directives binder, to assist users in locating the
directive when filed separately.
DISTRIBUTION LIST. A list of action
and information addressees of a directive.