Something is not right (write?) with the message header. Here's the top of a ALNAV message available from:
RTAUZDKW RUCOSGG0023 2242100-UUUU--RHMFIUU.
R 112100Z AUG 04 PSN 843815K29
FM SECNAV WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/SECNAV WASHINGTON DC/-/AUG//
I dealt with message traffic everday while I was in the Navy (which included November 2000) and unless this message was sent through a system that
didn't have to meet the standard requirements of message templates, something is up. Apologies to those who may already know this information, but I
thought I'd share it.
1. The first item that caught my eye is that the message is deemed to be (R) Routine. Shouldn't a message dealing with "incidents, leaks,
freelance action, hostile extraterrestrials, etc.) be a little more than routine?
2. The third line is way to short...there should be at least a Date Time Group and a classification tag after the RUFL0D9????
3. Where are the BT and NNNN after the Info addressee and after the last paragraph? I realize there is a "CT" and an "NNNS" listed, but if I
had a dollar for every time I was called into work in the middle of the night because someone didn't put both the "BT" and "NNNN" in the message
text, I'd be writing this message from my island home! The message system rejected messages that were not in the correct format, to include errors in
placement and spelling of "BT" and "NNNN".
4. Last item that has me puzzled is the date at the bottom 177NOV2030. That's not the correct manner for a downgrade or declassification line and
on a message of such importance, I doubt such a typo would have been permitted (seeing as the message was only routine, it should have been proofread.
Again, I apologize if this info is common knowledge to ATS members, but I'm fairly new and haven't seen message format discussed in my time here.
It's also possible that this message was sent through a system that didn't require the items I've discussed above.