of the aircraft, engines, or equipment in the operational employment under which the adverse safety condition exists, until the directive has been complied with. The immediate action directive is identified by the words IMMEDIATE ACTION in 1/4-inch capital letters at the top center of the page.
The category urgent action is assigned to directives that are used to correct safety conditions, if uncorrected, could result in personnel injury or property damage. Such conditions compromise safety and involve risks calculated to be tolerable within narrow time limits and may or may not necessitate the imposition of operating restrictions. Urgent action directives are identified by the words URGENT ACTION printed at the top of the first page.
The category routine action is assigned to directives concerned with equipment or procedural deficiencies of a material (mechanical, operational, or tactical in nature), the uncorrected existence of which could constitute a hazard. Continued usage could have an adverse effect on operational efficiency, reduce tactical or tactical support utility, or reduce operational life and/or general service use of the equipment. Routine action directives are identified by the words ROUTINE ACTION printed in black letters at the top of the cover page.
The category record purpose is used when a modification has been completely incorporated by the contractor or in-house activity in all accepted equipment, and when retrofit is not required of repairable in the Navy's possession. Record purpose directives are identified by the words RECORD PURPOSE printed in black capital letters at the top center of the first page.
The numbering system used for TDs is a consecutive, numerical application regardless of year of issue. For example, F-14 airframe change 45 would be the 45th airframe change that is applicable to the F-14 aircraft. All TDs are numbered in numeric sequence regardless of the subject to which it applies. The TD control center, located at NATSF, is responsible for assigning TD numbers.
TDs are listed in NAVSUP 2002, section 3A. Indexing begins on a separate microfiche immediately following the last fiche reflecting stock numbers for publications and forms. Information listed is complete for the identification of individual directives. Interim TDs are listed in NAVSUP 2002, section 3A, with other TDs. However, interim TDs are specifically identified by the abbreviation INT after the TD number. TDs listed as interim should be requested by speedletter submission to the appropriate controlling custodian. A TD marked by an asterisk preceding the directive number indicates the directive is effective but out of stock. Asterisk marked TDs should be special ordered by speed- letter directly from NATSF. A TD marked with the letter R preceding the directive number indicates that the TD has been rescinded and is listed for record purposes only. TDs not identified by INT, an asterisk, or the letter R may be ordered using NAVSUP Form 1205. This form (with the noted exceptions) is the primary document for ordering TDs. Refer to the example in figure 3-7. The form is filled out as follows:
Area 1 Enter the requisitioning activity's address and any appropriate requisitioning data.
Area 2 List all directives sequentially by number.
Area 3 Identify the office of the originating command and the directives and their numbers in numerical sequence.
Area 4 State the required number of copies.
Area 5 Enter the date of request.
Area 6 Enter the address to which the form is to be mailed. The address is prelabeled on the form so that a window envelope may be used.
Although the MIARS cartridge concept is slowly being phased out by the Navy, some TDs are still found on cartridges. These TDs are listed in NAVSUP 2002 with the technical manuals instead of the TDs. They should be researched in section 2 by nomenclature; that is, by AFB or AFC number and cartridge numbers prefixed by NA. Contrary to normal TD indexing, cartridges have an assigned stock number and should be ordered in the same manner as technical manuals, using a DD Form 1348.Continue Reading