you should be acquainted and that you should
consult for authoritative information.
Manuals and publication-type directives issued
by Washington headquarters organizations such
as the Naval Military Personnel Command
(NMPC), COMNAVMEDCOM, and various
Systems Commands contain administrative in-
structions relating to matters coming under
cognizance of the issuing command. Most of these
manuals are issued in looseleaf form for con-
venience in making corrections and bringing them
up to date.
Although orders and instructions contained in
these publications are binding for all persons
throughout the Department of the Navy, they do
not alter or amend any provisions of N a vy
The Naval Military Personnel Manual
(MILPERSMAN), NAVPERS 15560, is issued in
looseleaf form and contains articles governing the
administration of Navy personnel.
When referring to articles in the manual, use
one of the following three methods:
Naval Military Personnel Manual, Article
Article 3860280 of the Naval Military
Each article is identified by a seven-digit
number. The first two digits identify the chapter.
The next two digits identify the section in the
chapter. The last three digits identify the article
in the section. Although written together
(e.g., 3860280), the article number should be
spoken as though it were three separate groups
of numbers (e.g., 3860 280). Numbers are not
always assigned consecutively, and once an
article is dropped, the number is not used again.
In the manual, chapters and sections are not
titled. Chapters begin at the top of a right-hand
You will find the alphabetical subject-matter
index at the back of the manual more helpful than
the table of contents in finding articles quickly.
For example, assume that your commanding
officer wants to know the course of action that
should be taken to separate an enlisted service
member for the convenience of the government.
Unless you have memorized your table of
contents, it will be hard for you to find this
subject, since the table of contents is a sequential
listing of article numbers. When you turn to your
index, you find that its alphabetical layout makes
finding that subject easy.
Changes to MILPERSMAN are issued
quarterly by NMPC.
STANDARD ORGANIZATION AND
REGULATIONS OF THE U.S. NAVY
This manual, issued as OPNAVINST 3120.32,
by the Chief of Naval Operations, puts forth
regulations governing all members of the U.S.
Navy. Two styles of print are used in these regula-
tions: The material in italicized type is regulatory.
These regulations apply to each individual.
Violation of any part of these regulations is
punishable under UCMJ. The material printed in
plain type is for the guidance of commanders,
commanding officers, and officers in charge.
United States Navy Uniform Regulations is
prepared by the Commander, NMPC and
describes the many uniforms for Navy personnel.
It lists the uniforms required and articles worn
or used together. It gives occasions when the
different uniforms should be worn, methods of
wearing medals, decorations, ribbons, rating
badges, and special markings, and notes on the
care of uniforms. The current edition was
published in 1985. Changes are issued by NMPC
as changes in the uniform occur.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
MILITARY PAY AND ALLOWANCE
ENTITLEMENTS MANUAL (DODPM)
DODPM is issued by the Assistant Secretary
of Defense (Comptroller) and contains rules
governing entitlements, deductions, and collec-
tions on military pay and allowances. This manual
contains the pay and allowance entitlements for
regular Navy active duty and Naval Reserves
serving on active duty with pay. (This manual also
includes the pay and allowance rules for other
branches of the Armed Forces.)
Entitlements are the rules that govern military
pay. Pay entitlements include basic pay and
allowances, incentive pay, special pay, and lump-
sum leave and other separation payments.
You should know how to figure the dates and
times of beginning and end of this pay and