is signed. An operational plan already issued that
contains appropriate tasking may be executed as an
order with changes as necessary. In such cases, issuing
a separate operation order is not required.
Operational messages convey operational
instructions in a standardized format. The Navy most
commonly uses the following types of operational
Formatted general operational (OPGEN)-
OPGEN messages convey general matters of
policy, general instructions, and general
information about aspects common to all forms
of warfare. They also contain detailed
instructions about the warfare responsibilities of
the officer in tactical command (OTC).
Operational task (OPTASK)OPTASK
messages convey detailed information about
specific aspects of individual areas of warfare
and about tasking of resources.
Operational statistics (OPSTAT)OPSTAT
messages convey information about the
operational status of commands and other
A warning order is a preliminary notice of action
that will follow. It alerts subordinate commands to
impending operations so that they will have time to plan
and prepare for the action and other pertinent
LETTER OF INSTRUCTION
A letter of instruction (LOI) provides planning
guidance to major commanders of forces taking part in
an impending operation. Normally an LOI states the
concept, mission, command relationships, and areas of
operation. It may also give general policy guidance of
an operational nature when a formal OPLAN or
OPORD is not required.
In this section of the chapter, we will briefly discuss
those aspects of telecommunications involving senior
and master chiefs as message drafters and releasers.
Your specific responsibilities concerning messages
depend on your involvement with each message.
Detailed procedures for drafting and preparing
telecommunications, or naval messages, are contained
in the Telecommunication Users Manual, NTP 3(H).
NTP 3(H) provides guidance concerning overall
message content, instructions for preparation, and
example messages. Following the instruction contained
in NTP 3(H) is mandatory.
The user of a naval message is any person
authorized to draft, release, or process electronically
transmitted messages. NTP 3(H) provides guidance and
procedures for users of the naval telecommunications
system (NTS). Users are responsible for referring to
Joint Army, Navy, and Air Force Publications (JANAPs)
and Allied communications publications (ACPs) for
additional or amplifying information not contained in
The originator of a message is the authority
(command or activity) in whose name a message is sent.
The originator is responsible for the functions of the
message drafter and releaser.
You may be responsible for drafting and releasing
messages, especially if you are assigned as the chief
petty officer in charge of a unit, an organization, or a
The drafter composes the message and must have a
detailed knowledge and understanding of the
procedures contained in NTP 3(H).
The drafter is responsible for the following actions:
Composing clear and concise text
Applying proper security classification, special
handling, and declassification markings
Selecting the appropriate precedence
Coordinating message staffing
Ensuring the message is correctly formatted and