Quotation marks (").
In addition to the symbols listed above,
authorized for use in intra-US messages:
Dollar sign ($).
16. Precedence categories indicate the order in which messages are
Although various factors affect the speed of service of any
message, time objectives are established as a general guide. The objective
includes overall handling time from the time it is filed at the originator's
TCC to the time the message is delivered to the addressee's TCC. This does
not include the internal headquarters processing time.
a. The FLASH precedence is reserved for initial enemy contact messages
or operational combat messages of extreme urgency.
Flash messages are
delivered as fast as possible with an objective of 10 minutes. Brevity is
mandatory. Examples include:
(1) Initial enemy contact reports.
(2) Messages recalling or diverting friendly aircraft about to bomb
targets unexpectedly occupied by friendly forces.
(4) Warning of imminent large scale attack.
b. Messages of IMMEDIATE precedence relate to situations that affect
the security of national and allied forces or populace.
objective for immediate messages is 30 minutes. Examples include:
(1) Amplifying reports of initial enemy contact.
(2) Reports of unusual major movements of foreign military forces
during peacetime or strained relations.
(3) Aircraft movement reports.
(4) Reports of enemy counterattack.