(7) Initiate and assist in the implementation of plans for Navy and Marine
Corps participation in national and local holidays, public ceremonies, parades and
other special events, when appropriate. Advice should be sought from the
appropriate U.S. agencies (including Navy regional coordinators, defense attaches,
American consuls and local U.S. Information Service (USIS) posts) before
(8) Encourage command personnel participation in activities of local
schools, churches, fraternal, social, or civic organizations, sports and recreation
programs and other aspects of community life to the extent feasible and appropriate.
(9) Stimulate public interest in the Navy through liaison with civilian
organizations and with community business and civic leaders.
(10) Prepare public affairs annexes to all exercise and operation plans and
orders to make sure public affairs aspects of all activities are considered in the early
(11) Review public speeches, statements, correspondence, interviews and
appearances of naval personnel on matters of public interest for military security,
propriety and policy. When appropriate, forward such matters for review and
clearance by higher authority. This is particularly important for public
communications of senior officers (verbal or written) on subjects with policy
ramifications, despite the intended audience or the absence of news media.
(12) PACFLT officers in command will conduct an effective program of
communication with internal Navy audiences, particularly for active-duty personnel
assigned to the command and for their dependents.
d. Basic Tenets. The following are basic public affairs tenets for all officers in
command of PACFLT units and their PAOs.
(1) Confine all public discussion and releases to those areas over which
the command or person concerned has direct responsibility and direct personal
(2) At no time conduct public discussion of political or foreign policy
matters unless specifically authorized to do so by higher authority.
(3) Do not divulge future plans or specific operational capabilities which
could be of use to any enemy or potential enemy.
(4) If in doubt about what may be discussed or released, seek guidance
from a senior command or a professional PAO.