1.1. Clearly communicating a unit's mission to its commander and people is essential. HQ US Air Force, major commands (MAJCOM), direct reporting units (DRU), and field operating agencies (FOA), issue mission directives for their subordinate units. This directive establishes policies to ensure these Air Force organizations issue clear, timely, comprehensive mission directives and periodically review them to keep them current.
1.2. Every unit in the Air Force must have a mission directive. The Air Force will issue or update mission directives upon unit activation, upon unit redesignation, or when a unit's mission changes. Once issued, mission directives will be reviewed to ensure currency. Mission directives will:1.2.1. Communicate the unit's mission and responsibilities to the commander and unit personnel.
1.2.2. Enable higher headquarters to review the unit's adequacy foraccomplishing its mission.
1.2.3. Provide a basis for interaction between the unit and other organizations.
1.3. This directive establishes the following responsibilities and authorities:
1.3.1. HQ US Air Force issues a mission directive for each MAJCOM, DRU, and FOA. The Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Operations (HQ USAF/XO) oversees and issues policy, guidance, and procedures for mission directives. HQ USAF/XO approves mission directives issued by HQ US Air Force.
1.3.2. MAJCOMs, DRUs, and FOAs issue mission directives for each directly assigned and Air Reserve Component (ARC) gained unit. ARC unit mission directives become effective on the unit's mobilization. MAJCOMs may delegate the authority to issue mission directives to the echelon above the unit requiring the mission directive. MAJCOM directors of operations, the commanders of DRUs, and the commanders of FOAs approve mission directives issued by their organizations.
1.3.3. At their discretion, MAJCOMs may issue mission directives for detachments or other activities below squadron level.
1.4. This policy directive (formerly AFR 23-22, Unit Mission Directives, and HOI 5-21, Mission Directives) interfaces with AFI 38-101, Air Force Organization, and AFI 25-201, Support Agreements Requirements. Related instructions are in AFI 10-101, Mission Directive Format and Content (formerly AFR 23-22).
1.5. See attachment 1 for measuring compliance with policy.
OPR: HQ USAF/XOXW (Maj Dennis M. McFall) Editor: SAF/AAIP (Mrs Novella S. Hill)
Certified by: HQ USAF/XOX (Maj Gen John G. Lorber) Pages: 3/Distribution: F
(1) Status of Mission Directive Completion.
(2) Status of Mission Directive Review.
Each organization issuing mission directives will take measurements and report them annually. The measurement charts (figures A1.1 and A1.2) will display trends in progress toward goals.
A1.1.1. Status of Mission Directive Completion. The policy to issue timely, comprehensive mission directives will be assessed by comparing the number of mission directives requiring completion each year due to unit activation with the number approved for publication during each of the following time periods:
(1) From tasking date through 120 days.
(2) From 121 days through 150 days.
(3) Over 150 days.
Tasking date is defined as the date of the Department of the Air Force letter authorizing unit activation. The comparisons will be converted into percentages and charted. The desired goal is 100 percent approved within 120 days. Reporting is done through RCS:HAF-XOX(A) 9333, Status of Mission Directive Completion Report, via electrical message to reach HQ USAF/XOXD not later than 30 calendar days after the calendar year end. Reporting is suspended during emergency conditions or MINIMIZE.
A1.1.2. Status of Mission Directive Review. The policy to review mission directives to ensure currency will be assessed by comparing the number of mission directives requiring review each year (12 months since issue or last review) with the number reviewed during each of the following time periods:
(1) 12 through 18 months since issue or last review.
(2) Over 18 months since issue or last review.
The comparisons will be converted into percentages and charted. The desired goal is 100 percent reviewed within 12 through 18 months since issue or last review. Reporting is done through RCS:HAF-XOX(A) 9334, Status of Mission Directive Review Report, via electrical message to reach HQ USAF/XOXD not later than 30 calendar days after the calendar year end. Reporting is suspended during emergency conditions or MINIMIZE.
Figure A1.1. Sample Metric of Status of Mission Directive Completion.
Figure A1.2. Sample Metric of Status of Mission Directive Review.