AR 25-50 is the Army Regulation covering information on how to prepare and manage official correspondence. In the paragraphs below I will provide a summary of what information is offered in the regulation and what you need to know about AR 25-50.
Contents of AR 25-50
Chapter 1: Preparing Correspondence
This chapter provides an overview such as the correspondence chain, correspondence guidance, and the Army Writing Style.
This chapter covers everything you need to know about memorandums including formatting and types of Army Memorandums.
Chapter 3: Letters
In this chapter you will learn how to write official letters, how to reply to official letters and how they should be formatted.
Chapter 4 Enclosures, Tabs and Attachments
This chapter covers the ins and outs of tabs: how they work, how they are organized, etc.
Chapter 5: Preparing Official Mail
In chapter five you will learn how to address mail, the required sizes, how to reduce mail costs, how to handle mail, etc.
Chapter 6: Authority Lines, Signatures and Signature Blocks
This chapter explains how to use signatures for Active Duty Personnel, Reserve Soldiers, Retired Personnel, Doctors and other personnel.
Chapter 7: Prescribed Forms and Labels
This chapter covers routing slips, transmittal slips, call slips and more.
Chapter 8: Preparing Classified Correspondence
This chapter teaches you how to mark classified documents.
AR 25-50 also has a bunch of appendixes such as title and protocol sequence, dealing with NATO Personnel, authority lines, signature blocks and much more.
I believe that every leader (E-5 and above) should keep a copy of AR 25-50 in their leader’s book or leader’s library. Trust me this resource is not just for the S1 folks. Whenever you need to prepare official Army Correspondence you should refer to AR 25-50 to make sure your documents are formatted properly.
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