Numbers and Dates

See the guidelines below for proper use of numbers and dates in content for Military Community and Family Policy:

  • In running text, spell out whole numbers below 10; use numerals for 10 and above. Spell out numbers when they are the first word in a sentence.
  • Don’t begin a sentence with a numeral.
  • Always use numerals for ages and for percentages, except when they are the first word in a sentence.
  • Use the percentage sign ─ % ─ when pairing with a numeral.
  • Use Arabic numerals with the exception of the sequence of wars, people or animals, which take Roman numerals (World War II, Queen Elizabeth 1).
  • When labeling figures, tables, slides, modules, chapters, etc., use numerals: Slide 3 instead of Slide Three.
  • Dates should take the following order: month, day, year: Sept. 7, 2020.
  • Include the year in the date if it will help the reader in any way or if the event spans more than one calendar year.  
  • When it is clear that an upcoming event does not extend into the following calendar year, do not include the year.

“The Military Community and Family Policy applications will be undergoing maintenance from 9 a.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 9 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10."

“The event runs from March 15-July 15 or March 15 to July 15;” or, “The event runs from Feb. 10-20.”

“Learn about virtual careers at MSEP partner VAUSA at 1 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Oct. 7.”

  • Once you introduce the year and the time period is clear, do not repeat the year within the same document.

“The 2021 Domestic Violence Awareness Month campaign is designed to promote the idea that preventing domestic abuse is a shared community responsibility that starts with a message of support for victims. The campaign runs from Oct. 1-31.”