Use of Terms A - Z

Answer your editorial questions through this list of commonly used terms. You will find everything from definitions to using hyphens.

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Editorial Style Update

military titles – Capitalize military ranks only when using as a formal title before a person’s name. On first reference, use the appropriate title before the full name of the service member. In subsequent references, use only the last name. Spell out and lowercase a title when using in the place of a name: Capt. James Smith gave the order. The general travels on Monday. For plurals, add s to the principal element: Majs. Smith and Jones. The following are abbreviations, with ranks in descending order:

New Logo Usage Guide

Military In Lasting Tribute – This guide contains important brand usage information, guidelines and policies for using, referencing or linking to Military In Lasting Tribute.

Editorial Style Update

Department of Defense seal and logo use – The Department of Defense seal and DOD logo are not interchangeable. The DOD seal has restricted usage and is limited to official DOD leader correspondence, legal documents, reports, memoranda, ceremonial booklets, certificates and awards. There is no substitute for the DOD seal, and there is no optional graphic that represents the DOD. For products containing service seals, the DOD seal, as opposed to the logo, should be used in conjunction with the service seals.

The DOD logo consists of the Pentagon icon and is typeset in Crimson Text Regular. It should be used for the majority of MC&FP and Military OneSource print and digital content. When applying the DOD logo to existing or new Military OneSource signatures (i.e. brand, properties and program marks), always position the DOD logo to the left.

For more information, consult DOD logo and DOD seal usage guidelines.

MC&FP Editorial Style Update

New Visual Style Guides – Visit the Visual Styel Guide Page to view new guides for DOD Logo and Seal Usage, Plan My Deployment and Plan My Move.

Editorial Style Update

DOD MWR Libraries – Formerly offered through Military OneSource as the MWR Digital Library, the updated DOD MWR Libraries resides at DODMWRLibraries.org. Because this is a service-wide integrated library, treat the title as a collective noun that takes a singular verb. Use DOD MWR Libraries on first reference, as this is the formal title. When referring to eResources, the library, libraries or digital library is acceptable on second and subsequent references.

Make benefits and database names clear and informative. For example, name the DOD MWR Libraries database “Kanopy Library of Films & Documentaries” instead of “Kanopy.”

Editorial Style Update

Gold Star and Surviving Family Member Representative — Always capitalize this when speaking about the representative initially. Use representative (lowercase) on second reference.

Gold Star Lapel Button and the Next of Kin of Deceased Lapel Button — Capitalize these button titles in all references. Note that the preferred term is button, not pin.

Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day, Gold Star Spouses Day — This is the correct way to write these observed recognition days.

gold star survivors — Lowercase gold star when describing these surviving family members. For example, do not capitalize gold star parents.

Military In Lasting Tribute — Capitalize the first letter of each word in this title. Use Department of Defense (not Defense Department) when writing about this official online memorial. Note that this is referred to as an online memorial and not a digital memorial, website or application.

Editorial Style Update

Department of Defense — "U.S. Department of Defense" and "Department of Defense" refer to the proper name and legal entity of this cabinet-level government department. Reserve these for use in formal and official correspondence, documents, reports and testimony. In all other cases, use "Defense Department" on first reference.

The correct acronym for “Defense Department” is “DOD” with an uppercase “O” in the center; use on second reference after “Defense Department” or when the stand-alone acronym suffices depending upon use. Do NOT use “DoD” except when writing Defense Department news/press releases or when otherwise directed.

Editorial Style Update

Mil – Abbreviation for “military” usually combined with other words to create customized terms such as MilLife, MilSpouse, MilKid, etc. Always capitalize the first letter of Mil and the first letter of the associated word.

military service uniform – As per Department of Military Affairs policy, uniform names should only be capitalized if you are using the formal name. For example: Army Combat Uniform “Scorpion” or Marine Corps Dress Blues. Informal names could be: combat uniform, service uniform, dress whites, summer whites, etc. For a directory of photographs of military service uniforms and their formal names, review this Military Service Uniform Guide.