DOD Standard Operating Procedures

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SOPs are vital to the optimal safety of the DOD’s entities.
SOPs are vital to the optimal safety of the DOD’s entities. (Image: air force thunderbirds image by Jorge Moro from Fotolia.com)

The Department of Defense (DOD) creates Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for every branch of the military and their various divisions for the purpose of improving safety, ensuring uniformity and properly implementing policies, plans and strategies. The Marines, the Air Force and the Navy, as well as many other entities of the DOD, continually create, disseminate and update SOPs. The DOD utilizes SOPs for every step of their process and for all of their procedures.

Naval Aviators’ SOP

According to the Navy, naval aviators who flew from 1991 to 1998 had an increase in airplane accidents, which were the results of human error. Pilots who flew less than 15 hours in 30 days encountered mishaps. Pilot proficiency, continual training and staying current are critical to optimal safety. In an effort to reduce incidents, naval aviators who exhibit pilot proficiency are paired with pilots who need to enhance their skill level and experience. The Navy develops Standard Operating Procedures for their flight crew, in an effort to prevent mishaps, to promote aircrew readiness, to excel in tactical proficiency, for the implementation of policies and to improve the safety of the flight crew. Training, retention, currency and sufficient flight hours are critical to a naval aviators’ performance.

Air Force Air Crew’s SOP

Per the Air Force’s SOP, intelligence is gathered through reconnaissance missions as well as other intel operations. Data is gathered from the combat zone, providing photographs and essential information required to develop logistical reinforcements and effective, secure communication methods. Prior to the commencement of combat operations, the Air Force conducts air combat training and drills in preparation for future air tactical missions. Developing and maintaining proficiency, currency and expert skills is essential to the success of an Air Force air crew. According to the Air Force, during the crisis phase, rules of engagement, air objectives, daily briefings, a mission statement and strategies are presented to the flight crew for the purpose of skilled execution of air warfare during combat, with the least amount of mishaps.

Marine’s Counterintelligence SOP

The purpose of the Marine’s Counterintelligence SOP is to standardize routine policies, which expedites orders by eliminating the need for details, according to the Marines. The Marine’s counterintelligence SOP develops deceptive techniques, outlines counterreconaissance missions and conducts an analysis of security operations. All Marines are responsible for counterintelligence, which includes reporting terrorism, threats of sabotage and enemy intelligence. Any information obtained or transferred by the Marines is to be secured at all times. Any person who is not cleared by the DOD as friendly is to be treated as working for the enemy, for the purpose of collecting information.

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