About the Style Guide

Military Community and Family Policy, or MC&FP, is the Department of Defense office that addresses quality-of-life issues to help service members and their families live their best military lives. MC&FP offers a suite of programs, tools and services – including Military OneSource – that connect those in the military community to resources they can use every day, from relocation planning and tax services to confidential non-medical counseling and spouse employment.

This online style guide is for those who develop communications and outreach content in support of MC&FP programs. Its purpose is to encourage consistent expression of the Military OneSource brand in look, feel and tone. This includes content developed for MC&FP websites and applications, ePublications, eLearning modules, print products (such as guides or brochures), social media and conference materials. All grammatical guidelines in this document follow those of The Associated Press Stylebook.

All content for MC&PF must follow the guidance in this application to ensure consistency across communication efforts. Users must submit requests to deviate from this guide to the Office of Military Community Outreach. The guidance that this style guide provides supersedes the AP Stylebook when there are differences between the two.

This guide is for the development of only communications materials and content and does not apply to writing insurances or official Department of Defense correspondence.

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Note: Italics are used in this guide for emphasis only. The AP Stylebook does not allow the use of italics.

MC&FP Style Guide Training Course

Visit MC&FP’s MilLife Learning platform and take the MC&FP Style Guide training course. MilLife Learning is a web-based training site that provides self-directed, user-focused courses on quality-of-life topics for military families and useful information for the service providers who support them. It is accessible 24/7, anywhere with an internet connection.

Note: You will receive a prompt to log in with your Common Access Card or Military OneSource account.