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The CIRVIS regulation:

This document is very well known under the name of CIRVIS. It proved that civilian pilots and any Air Force personal in the US and Canada had to report UFO sightings in a formal and confidential manner to Air Intelligence, and that this is of importance enough so that its communication priority is only superseded by "mayday" calls.

Some Ufologist say the CIRVIS code was very cleverly chosen: civilian who are not aware of this reporting requirement would think that a CIRVIS radio call is a SERVICE call of some sort, because the pronunciation of the two words is so close.

Chapter 5

COMMUNICATIONS INSTRUCTIONS REPORTING VITAL INTELLIGENCE SIGHTINGS (CIRVIS)

5.1. Subject and Purpose.

This report provides vital information to the security of the United States and Canada which, in the opinion of the observer, requires very urgent defensive action or investigation by the US and or Canadian Armed Forces.

5.2. Reference Materials.

Joint Army, Navy, Air Force Publication (JANAP 146).

5.3. Submitted By.

Any Air Force personnel.

5.4. Submitted To:

5.4.1. Airborne reports:

US or Canadian military or civilian communications facility.

5.4.2.

Post-landing reports: Commander in Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), Cheyenne Mt, Colorado, or HQ Northern NORAD Region, North Bay, Ontario, Canada, whichever is more convenient. If landing outside Canadian or US territories, submit reports through the nearest US or Canadian military or diplomatic representative.

5.5. When Submitted.

As soon as possible after the intelligence sighting.

5.6. How Submitted.

Reports are normally UNCLASSIFIED but handled as For Official Use Only.

5.6.1.

Use the most rapid means of transmission available. For airborne reports use the same procedures as for air traffic control. When pilots cannot establish contact with a ground station, make maximum effort to relay the report via other aircraft.

5.6.2.

To avoid delays while airborne, repeat the word CIRVIS three times before the message to preempt all other communications (except distress and urgency). If this fails to clear the frequencies, use the International Urgency Signal "PAN" spoken three times. For the ground relay of airborne reports or post-landing reports, use FLASH precedence.

5.6.3.

Transmit during MINIMIZE.

5.6.4.

Use the ESC C1 designator - Continue reporting, priority.

5.7. Reporting Instructions:

5.7.1.

Facilities receiving CIRVIS reports will rapidly process and forward them as prescribed by JANAP 146.

5.7.2.

Report all unidentifiable, suspicious, or hostile traffic (land, aerospace, or seaborne) which, because of its nature, course, or actions, considered a threat to the security of the United States or Canada. Such reporting extends the early warning defense system for the United States and Canada. There are five types of CIRVIS reports:

5.7.2.1.

Issue initial CIRVIS reports while airborne (or as warranted, upon landing).

5.7.2.2.

Issue post-landing CIRVIS reports if airborne reports made.

5.7.2.3.

Issue followup CIRVIS reports by anyone with additional information about an earlier report (refer to the initial report).

5.7.2.4.

Issue cancellation CIRVIS reports once sightings are positively identified as friendly or determined it was erroneously reported.

5.7.2.5.

Submit evaluation CIRVIS reports to each addressee of the above CIRVIS reports. Promptly submit evaluation reports to keep all interested parties fully informed.

5.7.3.

Report the following specific sightings:

5.7.3.1.

Hostile or unidentified aircraft which appears directed against the United States, Canada, or their forces.

5.7.3.2.

Missiles.

5.7.3.3.

Unidentified flying objects.

5.7.3.4.

Hostile or unidentified military surface vessels or submarines.

5.7.3.5.

Any other individual surface vessels, submarines, or aircraft of unconventional design engaged in suspicious activity, observed in an unusual location, or on a course which may threaten the United States, Canada, or their forces.

5.7.3.6.

Any unexplained or unusual activity which may indicate a possible attack against or through Canada or the United States (includes the presence of any unidentified or suspicious ground parties in remote or sparsely populated areas, including the polar region).

5.7.3.7.

Unlisted airfields, facilities, weather stations, or air navigation aids.

5.7.4.

Make every effort to document sightings with as many photographs as possible. Send undeveloped film or prints and negatives, with a brief written report and other identifying information to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Department of the Navy, Washington, DC 20305. The Department of the Navy will process the film and return one copy of each print and a roll of new film to the individual.

5.7.5.

Use figure 5.1. to gather and report specific sighting details.

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