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Records Reports, Directives and Forms Management Section (ARDB)


RECORDS MANAGEMENT. Provides policy and procedural guidance on all aspects of the Marine Corps Records Management (RM) Program. The policy and procedures for paper and electronic records management are published in MCO 5210.11F, "Marine Corps Records Management Program." ARDB provides assistance to RM system owners for SF 115 requests and processing. ARDB also provides RM assistance to Command Designated Records Managers (CDRM) throughout the Marine Corps, develops training, and approves requests for the transfer of records to the Federal Records Centers (FRCs).

REPORTS MANAGEMENT. Provides policy and procedures for the management of Information Collections, also referred to as “Reports.”  ARDB provides the review and approval of all Information Collections levied upon HQMC staff agencies and field activities.  Approved reports are published in the applicable activity’s Marine Corps directive.  Report sponsors are required to contact the HQMC reports manager (ARDB) when crafting a new reporting requirement or revising an existing report.  Listings of approved reports can be viewed on the Records, Reports, and Directives SharePoint Portal website.  

DIRECTIVES MANAGEMENT. Performs editorial review of all directives generated by HQMC and signed by CMC, ACMC, DMCS and the Deputy Commandants. Over 500 directives are sponsored by various HQMC Departments and Staff Agencies. All directives eventually meet their life cycle and require changes and substantial revisions. In some cases new Marine Corps Orders and/or Marine Corps Bulletins are required per policy implementation from higher. When new directives are required, ARDB personnel serve as subject matter experts to guide sponsors through the staffing process and meet compliance for publication. The policy and procedures for creating and updating directives are published in MCO 5215.1K, "Marine Corps Directives Management Program." All directives are posted to the Marine Corps Publications Electronic Library (MCPEL) website. MCPEL is the only official and authoritative source for Marine Corps Orders and Marine Corps Bulletins. ARDB also posts all directives to the HQMC Records, Reports, and Directives SharePoint Portal website for Marine Corps internal use. Contact ARDB to establish an account and gain access to the Portal.

FORMS MANAGEMENT. ARDB serves as the Program Manager, Marine Corps Forms Management Program (PM/MCFMP), and is responsible for managing, reviewing and designing new and revised forms for use Marine Corps-wide.  Form sponsors must submit the draft form(s) to ARDE for review and approval prior to staffing.  The PM/MCFMP coordinates with forms sponsors and field commands to validate the need for the form.  All Marine Corps prescribed forms are available online at Naval Forms Online. https://forms.documentservices.dla.mil/order/  Marine Corps Electronic Forms (MCEF) is also updated and distributed quarterly on CD-ROM along with Marine Corps Publications Electronic Library (MCPEL).  For access to other forms, contact ARDB.


ARDB Section

Records, Reports, Directives & Forms Management Section (ARDB)

3000 Marine Corps Pentagon Room 2B253                                                                                                                                                                             Washington, DC 20350-3000

Section Head
Phone: 703-614-1081

Deputy Section Head
Phone: 703-614-1081

Records Program Manager
Phone: 703-614-2311
Email: HQMCREC-MGR@usmc.mil

Reports Program Manager
Phone: 703-614-2311

Directives Program Manager
Phone: 703-695-6578
Email: smb_hqmc_directives@usmc.mil

Forms Program Manager
Phone: 703-614-2311

User / Site Administration
Phone: 703-614-2311