Use of Terms A-Z

Military Community and Family Policy writing guidance aligns with The Associated Press Stylebook with a few exceptions. Definitions of military-specific terms appear below, along with editorial guidance for certain commonly used words for MC&FP and our programs. See additional writing guidance in the Writing Best Practices section. Find program-specific guidance in the Program Content Guides section.

U

undersecretary – One word, lowercase unless preceding a name in a title.

Uniform Code of Military Justice – Spell out on first reference, then use UCMJ.

United States – Refers to the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Use the abbreviation U.S. in texts and US in headlines.

URL – Acceptable in all references to Uniform Resource Locator. When the URL doesn’t fit on one line, break into two or more lines without a hyphen or other punctuation. In printed or downloaded documents, use the complete URL including https:// or http://. The only exception to this rule is for the Military OneSource website, which can be written any of the following ways for printed or downloaded documents:

  • Upper and lower case letters - www.MilitaryOneSource.mil
  • All lowercase letters - www.militaryonesource.mil
  • Without www - MilitaryOneSource.mil or militaryonesource.mil

For printed or downloaded documents, if the URL is overly long or complicated, content creators may use the Go.USA.gov link shortener

U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, U.S. Coast Guard - or Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Space Force or Coast Guard. Capitalize in all uses when referring to U.S. forces.

USTRANSCOM – Acceptable for second and subsequent references when referring to the U.S. Transportation Command for internal audiences within DOD. For public facing products and on MC&FP digital properties, refer to the Defense Personal Property Management Office or other appropriate specific resource.