What is DA Form 1594?
DA Form 1594, Daily Staff Journal or Duty Officer’s Log, is a form distributed by the Army Publishing Directorate (APD) and US Department of the Army (DA) of the United States used to record information on the daily activities of a particular military officer, such as about daily training, operational reviews, and historical research.
The United States Army documents information on the activities of its officers in order to keep track of what activities are being carried out and whether or not they are authorized, orders that have been issued, messages that were delivered, incidents that must be reported, to ensure that all scheduled activities are executed as planned, to appraise the execution of particular operations, and to conduct research whenever relevant.
Who needs to use DA Form 1594?
Form DA 1594 should be filled out by members of the United States Army that are assigned to active duty. Active duty officers are those who are currently acting as full-time members of the US Army, contrasted with reserve duty officers, who are given the opportunity to focus on their civilian careers.
DA 1594 generally must be filled out to report on the activities and incidents that occurred within the period of a day, but this may differ depending on what is required of the officers filing the form.
How to fill out DA 1594?
DA Form 1594 is a very simple form to fill out. It will be beneficial to download the form in PDF format so as to keep the format and contents of the form intact regardless of how it is submitted or with what program it is opened. Make sure to have the relevant documentation about the activities to be recorded in this form to ensure that all information entered in this form is correct and updated.
Enter the page number of this copy of the form here. This is necessary as you may need more than one copy of this form to record information for all activities conducted for the time period concerned. Thus, each copy of the form should be attached to each other in chronological order of the activities recorded on each copy or page.
Number of Pages
Enter the total number of pages (copies of the form attached to each other) here.
Organization or Installation
Enter the organization or installation of the US Army that you are filling out this form for.
Enter the location of the organization or installation.
Enter the time period that the activities detailed on this form took place. Enter the time period in the Hour (In military time format, i.e. 8:00AM or 15:00PM) and Date (Month-Day-Year).
Assign a number to the activity. It will generally be best to number the activities according to the order in which they occurred.
Time In and Time Out
Enter the time that the activity started and the time it ended.
Incidents, Messages, Orders, et cetera.
Enter the specific details of the activity, incident, or otherwise. Relevant events may include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Orders given
- Messages transmitted
- Military activities
While ideally, the explanations will be concise enough that they can fit in the given spaces, you may take up more than one line in this column should you need more space to enter the necessary details about the activity or otherwise being reported.
Keep in mind that you are free to use additional copies of this form to report on the details of all of the things that need to be reported for the given time period.
Enter the action(s) taken as part of the activity, or to address the incident. As much as is possible, give a clear and specific description of the action(s) taken.
Enter any relevant initials or abbreviations to the reported incident or activity.
Typed Name and Grade of Officer or Official On Duty
Enter the name and grade of the officer or official on duty that is certifying this form - this may be you or another officer that you are filling this form on behalf of.
Have the officer or official on duty that is certifying that this form is correctly filled out enter their signature in the space provided for each of the pages of this form.
Tips when filling out DA 1594
While Form DA 1594 is simple to fill out, it is very important to make sure that all information entered is accurate and complete, so it may be beneficial to double-check the form after it has been accomplished.
Keep the form in a safe and secure place. As the form contains some sensitive information such as your address and phone number and is also important as a form used for the purposes of the military, it is important to make sure that this form is put in a safe and organized area and is submitted through safe and trustworthy means to avoid any possible issues related to identity theft or simply not having the proper records for a given period of time.
Make sure that you have the necessary documentation and information on the incidents being reported. As DA 1594 is a form used to report activities and incidents, it is very important to make sure that you are certain that the information you have on the activities, incidents, or otherwise that you are reporting here is as complete as possible. This is important to do so as to make sure that you are able to minimize the possibility of reporting the wrong details about the event, as this can cause many different problems in the operation and management of the organization or installation concerned.
Practice good contract management. Create a copy of the accomplished form and keep it in a safe and secure area for future backup or legal purposes. This is particularly important for this form, as it will contain details about important activities and incidents that may need to be revisited or re-examined in the future.