SCOPE OF SYSTEM
The Directives Issuance System contains the
standard procedures and formats used to
promulgate policy, procedural, and informational
releases in the Department of the Navy. A
Prescribes or establishes policy, organiza-
tion, conduct, methods, or procedures.
Requires action or sets forth information
essential to the effective administration or opera-
tion of activities concerned.
Contains authority or information that
must be promulgated formally.
The types of directives used in the Navy Direc-
tives Issuance System are INSTRUCTIONS,
NOTICES, and CHANGE TRANSMITTALS.
An INSTRUCTION is a directive containing
authority or information having continuing
reference value, or requiring continuing action.
It remains in effect until superseded or otherwise
canceled by the originator or higher authority.
NOTE: The equivalent to an INSTRUCTION in
the Marine Corps is an ORDER.
A NOTICE is a directive of a one-time or brief
nature which has a self-canceling provision. It has
the same force and effect as an INSTRUCTION.
It will usually remain in effect for less than 6
months, but is not permitted to remain in effect
for longer than 1 year. Any requirement for con-
tinuing 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 canceled when the NOTICE is canceled, unless
the requirement is incorporated into another
suitable document. NOTE: The equivalent to a
NOTICE in the Marine Corps is a BULLETIN.
A CHANGE TRANSMITTAL is the medium
used to transmit changes to an INSTRUCTION
or, under extenuating circumstances, a NOTICE.
Each CHANGE TRANSMITTAL describes the
nature of the changes it transmits and gives direc-
tions for making them.
ADMINISTRATION OF THE
DIRECTIVES ISSUANCE SYSTEM
The Directives Issuance System is managed
from an overall standpoint by the Chief of Naval
Operations (CNO). It is the specific respon-
sibility of the CNO to:
Provide for needed improvements and
changes in the system.
Provide guidance and technical assistance
to Department of the Navy components in
developing, installing, operating, and improving
Coordinate with headquarters organiza-
tions, recommendations for changes in policies,
standards, and procedures.
The issuing authority (the official by whose
authority and under whose title a directive is
issued) ensures compliance with the Directives
Issuance System. This individual also promulgates
internal procedures necessary for administering
the system. It is the specific responsibility of the
issuing authority to:
Ensure that directives are issued to docu-
ment programs, functions, organizations, policies,
Ensure that all directives conform to
Department of the Navy policies and regulations,
and to statutory requirements.
Conduct annual and other reviews to
ensure that the systems requirements are being
Provide training for personnel who draft,
review, prepare, and maintain directives.
Issue a conversion table showing the old
and new identifications of directives when the
official name of an activity is changed, or when
activities are consolidated or divided.
Ensure that directives are automatically
furnished to a newly established activity or an
activity moved from one command to another.
Directives Control Point
Each command has a directives control point
which evaluates the systems operations within the