DoD Regulatory Program

Guidance Documents

Guidance documents come in a variety of formats.  For example, guidance documents include memoranda, statements of policy, interpretive rules, staff manuals, circulars, bulletins, advisories, or frequently asked questions that are designed to advise parties outside the federal Executive Branch about legal rights and obligations falling within the Department’s regulatory or enforcement authority.  Guidance documents lack the force and effect of law, unless expressly authorized by statute or incorporated into a contract.  The Department of Defense (DoD) may not cite, use, or rely on any guidance that is not posted on this website, except to establish historical facts.

Active Guidance Documents

Public Comment or Feedback

Any person may petition the DoD to withdraw or modify a particular guidance document by sending a written request to  Please use the words "GUIDANCE:  [Insert the title of the significant guidance document from the list below]" in the subject line of the e-mail message.  The component should make an attempt to respond to all requests within 90 days after receipt of the request or as timely as possible given any constraints of the request.

When the DoD is developing a significant guidance document, a notice will be published in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the draft guidance document, and a copy of the draft will be provided on this website with a link to the electronic docket at  The public can submit comments on the draft documents by following the instructions in the Federal Register publication and on

Alternatively, comments and petitions may be mailed to:

Office of the Director of Administration and Management
Directorate for Oversight & Compliance
4800 Mark Center Drive, Attn: Mailbox #24
Suite 08D09
Alexandria, VA 22350-1700

Submissions must include the docket number.  The general policy for submissions from the public is to make these submissions available for public viewing at, as they are received without change, including any personal identifiers or contact information.


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