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with your DIN How to win

there are a few basic rules to success.

And if you want to get your words into a DIN (Defence Instruction or Notice), there is new guidance to help you get your notice approved and circulated out to the wider military and MOD community. Seek out DIN 2010 DIN05-014 for the full – and

Advice on publishing DINs is broken into seven


1. Make sure you really want a DIN

Publishing a DIN is the right choice if you can

answer yes to all the following questions: is my information a piece of guidance, an instruction or a notice; is my information new, or does it amend an existing DIN; is my information relevant to UK defence activities; is my information important,

authoritative; does my information need to be communicated across the MOD or Armed Forces; and does my information need to reach people in weeks, but not days? It takes around two weeks for a DIN to appear in electronic form, and up to six weeks on paper.

2. Write your DIN

There is a template available on the Defence Intranet via the IC Hub homepage.

official and

IF YOU want to get your words into print,

marvellously written – instructions for your successful DIN writing by the professional DIN approvers of Defence Media Communications.

and budgeting; 09 Honours, awards, royal and ceremonial events; 10 Sports and social events.

4. Fill in the DIN header information summary table

Use the template and make it easier for your DIN to be filed, published and indexed in the right places. It’s important to get this bit right, or your DIN will not be seen by the people who need to see it.

5. Choose the correct DIN moderator

Before it can be published, your DIN must be cleared by a moderator – the full list can be found at Annex C of DIN 2010 DIN05-014.

6. Send the moderator your completed


Send it as a Word document attachment to the person you’ve already identified in Step 5. They will then make sure that you have followed the earlier steps correctly.

7. Wait for your DIN to be published

Sit back and keep an eye on the Defence Intranet and the DIN Digest to see your words in print. The Annexes at the back of the DIN- writing DIN also incude a useful set of tips for successful writing. In brief, these involve: ■ be clear about what you are trying to communicate; ■ think of your readers and how they will react, if they will be familiar with the subject; ■ target your draft closely to the

This template provides styles – A4, black and white, Arial 12pt font – and information on header summaries, annex styles, and how to conform to defence-wide guidelines, and be channelled through the appropriate moderator. As a source of relief to us here at Navy News and possibly the wider Naval community, there is guidance that a DIN should be no more than 20 pages in length...

3. Decide into which channel your DIN


The channels help readers know where to look. The options are: 01 Personnel; 02 Security and intelligence; 03 Defence policy and operations; 04 Defence equipment and support and the Defence Estate; 05 Defence management, organisation and business practice; 06 Safety, health, environment, fire; 07 Training and education; 08 Finance, accounting

wasting their time and yours; ■ avoid modish words or phrases, words such

people who need to read it, otherwise you’re

as ‘synergy’ and ‘benchmarking’, and scientific or technical terms such as ‘critical mass’ and ‘quantum leap’ are often misused or misunderstood (heartfelt

support for this plea – 2-6 Ed);

■ avoid using acronyms and abbreviations, or where used, spell them out fully the first time; always explain any technical terms; ■ consider using an annex for detailed information, keeping the main document concise; ■ list references under the subject heading at the top of the text and avoid cluttering the main text with footnotes unless absolutely necessary. So there you go – if you have something to say and

it’s worth saying across defence, some simple steps to success.

Watch out for the new DVD

LOOK out for the latest edition of DVD.

This is the Royal Navy’s

internal communication video for serving personnel and their families.

It has been revitalised with a new look and feel and is now fully interactive by being available for viewing on the website.

Every ship, unit and establishment will receive a copy of the DVD which is distributed quarterly. It is an integral part of

a unit’s divisional meeting and contains the latest PSB (Personnel Support Brief).

The latest subjects will cover: ■ A personal message from the First Sea Lord ■ 40 CDO RM pre- deployment training ■ Life on board a

submarine ■ RFA/RM interaction

featuring RFA Mounts Bay ■ Link from Haiti

featuring RFA Largs Bay The team at Two-Six.

tv invite constructive feedback or ideas for future editions.

For further information contact: WO1 Barrie Cooke or email: barrie.

FOLLOWING the recommenda- tions of the independent Armed Forces’ Pay Review Body, there is a pay rise of 2 per cent in Armed Forces pay from the start of this month.

which allow those serving on certain seagoing vessels to receive Longer Separation Allowance (LSA), to include all Service personnel operating under similar arrangments under

shipboard conditions; ■ a reduction of the LSA

Royal Navy

Commodore Captair Commander

Lieutenant Commander


New entrant offi cers

Brigadier Colonel

Lieutenant Colonel

Major Captain

New entrant offi cers

Pay changes at a glance

Other changes include: ■ the extension of provisions,

field and

Royal Marine Previous

From April 1 2010

£95,128-98,984 £97,030- 100,964

£79,716-87,655 £81,310-89,408 £65,717-76,095 £67,032-77,617

£46,824-56,078 £47,760-57,199

£37,172-44,206 £37,916-45,090 £15,268-32,062 £15,573-32,703

Chief Petty Offi cer

Warrant Offi cer 1 Warrant Offi cer 1 £37,843-45,836 £38,600-46,753 Warrant Offi cer 2 Warrant Offi cer 2 £35,342-42,404 £36,049-43,252 £32,575-42,404 £33,223-43,252

(non-Artifi cer)

Chief Petty Offi cer (Artifi cer)

Petty Offi cer Leading Rate

Able Rate Colour Sergeant £32,575-41,219 £33,223-42,044

Sergeant Corporal

£29,424-36,205 £30,013-36,929 £25,887-32,532 £26,405-33,182

Lance Corporal £20,178-28,372 £20,582-28,940 Marine

£16,681-28,372 £17,015-28,940

■ Refer to DIB 13/10 for incremental details.

Public replies to the SPCP

minimum threshold from ten to seven days continuous separation; ■ the extension of Unpleasant

Living Allowance to cover Service personnel living and operating from Forward Operating Bases and Patrol Bases in Aghanistan. The AFPRB announcement increases basic military salary for all Service personnel including Reserves. It does not include Service medical and dental officers, and senior officers above the rank of Commodore, whose salaries are the subject of separate Review Bodies.

THE public consultation into the Service Personnel Command Paper closed in October 2009 and the responses have been analysed in the Summary of Responses. Among the common themes identified were: ■ an Armed Forces Charter and improved use of the ombudsman service; ■ improving awareness of the issues faced by the military and improving communication between the Service community and service providers would help address shortfalls; ■ there was a view that the existing routes to recourse needed little change and the introduction of new measures risked duplication and confusion; ■ the military community was keen for a legal duty on public bodies to ensure consistent levels of service across the UK; whereas local governments highlighted the potential burden on resources of a legal duty; ■ respondents, including local

authorities, said it was difficult to identify the Armed Forces community and ensure that people received the required standard of service; ■ this further led to a need for

a formal definition of the Armed Forces community including veterans. The work is ongoing with regards to the Service Personnel Command Paper which contained 47 commitments on a range of welfare issues. Any questions on the Service

31; or in writing to: SPCP Team MOD Level 7, Zone J, MOD Main Building Whitehall

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