DoD Issuances Website

Frequently Asked Questions

Common questions related to DoD issuances

Cancelled Issuances

How can I look up current or cancelled issuances? Try using our current issuance search function or searching our cancelled issuance database. A guide to searching for DoD issuances is on our homepage.
Can I get a copy of a cancelled issuance? If it has been cancelled, it is no longer available.

DoD Forms

Where can I get information, obtain copies or ask questions about forms? Please proceed to the DoD Forms Management Program. Form related questions should be directed to the Forms Webmaster.

Red Text within DoD Issuances

Why do some DoD issuances contain red digits? Items in red are changes and/or updates.


Can I download Memorandums? This website only carries Directive-Type Memorandums. We do not provide Secretary of Defense Memorandums, Joint Staff Memorandums, or Deputy Secretary of Defense Memorandums.

OPR - Office of Primary Responsibility

Can you answer questions concerning the content of a DoD Issuance? No, the Directives Division is not the subject matter expert on the issuances posted to the DoD Issuances Website. Please contact the office of primary responsibility that is listed in the column titled "OPR". The OPR column is located on each issuance webpage (ex: DoD Directives). Each issuance type can be accessed from the top navigation. Look for the column titled "Contact OPR for Questions".


Where is the DoD Financial Management Regulation 7000.14-R (FMR)?
The FMR is not hosted on the DoD Issuance Website, but you can find the FMR here DoD Financial Management Regulation 7000.14-R.


Does DoD have a standard template for Guides and/or other publications that do not meet the criteria of a DoD Issuance? The DoD Issuances Program only supports 4 types of publications: DoD Directives, DoD Instructions, DoD Manuals, and Directive-type Memorandums, plus the Administrative Instruction, an internal DCMO/DA&M instruction for guidance typically within the National Capital Region.

Issuance Numbering

Is there an instruction on numbering of directives and instructions to indicate overall subject matter? i.e.-- engineering or contracting or logisitcs would be assigned in a series like 5000.01 for acquisition? Here is information about the DoD Issuance Numbering System.

The Difference between 1000.1 and 1000.01

Why are some directives shown with a single digit after the period - without the "0" in front of it, e.g., 5000.1 - and some are shown with a leading "0" after the period, e.g., 5000.01? We began adding the "0" in 2005 for consistency. Some issuances used ".1" and some used ".01". The issuances are supposed to use a 2-digit extension; the single digits should be "0#."  As the older issuances using the single digit are reissued, the number is corrected.

    Miscellaneous Questions

  • Can I get a word version of an issuance?

    Only the PDF's that are currently on the site are available.
  • What are the differences between each of the DoD Issuances?

    A quick reference is DoD Issuances Defined. The official source for issuance definitions is DoDI 5025.01, "DoD Issuances Program". The Glossary section defines issuance types.
  • Can I view an issuance while it is in draft stage?

    Issuances can only be viewed after they have been published and are available to the public on the website.
  • Can I have physical copies of a current issuance mailed to me?

    DoD Directives and other issuances are no longer printed and mailed. The issuances found on the DoD Issuance Website can be downloaded digitally and printed by the user.
  • What does the "E" stand for at the end of some issuances?

    The "E" indicates that this issuance establishes a DoD Executive Agent.
  • Is there a SIPRnet version of this website?

    The SIPR equivalent of this website can be found at
  • Can I sign up for other mailing lists through your websit e (ie Navy, Army, Air Force, etc.)?

    No. You can only sign up for notifications that specifically involve DoD issuances.
  • Which abbreviation of Department of Defense is correct: "DoD" or "DOD"?

    Please refer to the DoDM 5110.4-M, Vol. 1 & 2, "DoD Manual for Written Material" found here.
  • How do I subscribe / unsubscribe from the weekly issuance updates?

    Go to the "What's New" page, scroll to the bottom and follow the instructions.