set forth in SECNAVINST 5215.lC, the system contains two parts and two tables:
A directive prescribes or establishes policy, organization, conduct, methods, or procedures; requires action or sets forth information essential to effective administration or operation of activities concerned; or contains authority or information that must be promulgated formally.
The Directives Issuance System contains the standard procedures and formats used to promulgate policy, procedural, and informational releases in the Department of the Navy.
In general, a document is issued in the Directives Issuance System when it does one or more of the following:
With certain exceptions, issuances not falling within the scope of the above criteria nevertheless may be issued in the directives system to obtain quick and controlled dissemination. These may include:
The Chief of Naval Operations manages the Directives Issuance System from an overall standpoint and provides for needed improvements and changes in the system.
There are several types of directives, depending on their scope, distribution, and purpose.
A directive that contains 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 It remains in effect until superseded or otherwise canceled by the originator or higher authority.
A directive of continuing authority or reference value. It is effective until superseded or otherwise canceled. A specific cancellation date may be stated when the period of effectiveness can be estimated. An order may be issued as a letter-type or manual-type directive.
A directive of a one-time or brief nature, which has a self-canceling provision, and which