AR 25–50

Preparing and Managing Correspondence

This major revision, dated 17 May 2013–

o Transfers proponency for the Army’s correspondence program from the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1 to the Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Army (para 1-4a).

o Allows for the use of Army Knowledge Online and Defense Knowledge Online instant messaging for organizational and individual information transfer (para 1-7e).

o Adds policy to capitalize “Soldier” for internal Army correspondence (para 1-13a).

o Adds policy to capitalize “Family” for internal Army correspondence (para 1-13b).

o Adds policy to capitalize “Civilian” for internal Army correspondence when referring to U.S. Department of the Army civilians and used in conjunction with Soldier and/or Family (para 1-13c).

o Changes preferred font to Arial, point size 12 (paras 1-17a and 1-17b).

o Allows for the use of courtesy copy on letters (para 1-19d).

o Adds reference to Public Law 111-274 (Plain Writing Act of 2010) (paras 1-10 and 1-36a).

o Allows for the optional use of Army Records Information Management System record numbers after the office symbol on Army correspondence (para 2-4a(2)).

o Revises policy on reducing cost and expediting distribution of official mail (chap 5).

o Standardizes signature blocks for all retired military personnel (para 6-6).

o Makes administrative changes (throughout).

 

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