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.


ZIP code – Use all caps for ZIP for Zone Improvement Plan, but always lowercase code. Do not use a comma in the five digits or between the state name and ZIP code: New York, NY 10020.