NAVAL MANUALS, DIRECTIVES,
In the last chapter you became familiar with
the organization of the Navy Department. To
make this organization work, a standardized
method of communicating is needed, as provided
by different manuals and directives. You must
become familiar with these publications and learn
how to use them to find the information you need.
Read them in your spare time and enter changes
in them as they are issued. This is one of the best
methods to become familiar with them.
This chapter covers the official publications
most commonly used, giving the issuing authority,
purpose, content, and format of each. It discusses
the Department of the Navy Directives Issuance
System and the types and format of directives
The principal general regulations, directives,
orders, and instructions issued for the guidance
of persons throughout the Department of the
Navy are found in the following sources.
This manual, divided into chapters and
articles, shows the principles that guide the
Department of the Navy. Its contents define the
duties, responsibilities, authority, distinctions,
and relations of many organizational parts and
individuals to each other. Other Navy publications
expand on much of the material found here.
Navy Regulations and each of the publications
discussed in this chapter are published in
adjustable ring binders so that changes can be
Changes to these publications are issued
periodically. They may be in the form of printed
insertions, replacement pages, or instructions for
correcting the existing copy with pen and ink.
Before changes to Navy Regulations are issued,
they are reviewed by the Chief of Naval
Operations, the Commandant of the Marine
Corps, the Judge Advocate General, the chiefs of
offices, and commanders of various systems
commands. The changes are approved and signed
by the Secretary of the Navy.
MANUAL OF THE JUDGE
The Manual of the Judge Advocate General
(JAG Manual), JAGINST 5800.7B, is prepared
by the Navy Judge Advocate General and covers
legal and judicial matters that apply to members
of the Navy and Marine Corps. Among these are
instructions about boards of investigation and
examining boards-their composition, authority,
MANUAL FOR COURTS-MARTIAL
The Uniform Code of Military Justice
(UCMJ), approved in May 1950, established a
single set of laws for administering justice to all
the Armed Forces. The UCMJ was further
amended by the Military Justice Act of 1983.
Under the authority of this act, the President
of the United States issued the Manual for
Courts-Martial, United States, 1984.
This manual describes the types of courts-
martial and prescribes their membership and
procedures. It also gives information on non-
judicial punishment, courts-martial review and
trials, and limitations on punishments.
The manual was prepared by the Office of the
Secretary of Defense. It is a looseleaf volume
issued to the Navy through the Office of the Judge
In addition to the publications described
above, there are numerous others with which