Re: Military Style Manuals

Subject: Re: Military Style Manuals
From: Herman Holtz <holtz -at- PALTECH -dot- COM>
Date: Sun, 24 Dec 1995 15:49:18 UNDEFINED

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>Many of the problems we encounter as technical writers have been addressed
>(perhaps not always to our satisfaction) by government agencies in their
>effort to manage. Many specifications are available from the Government
>Printing Office. They have outlets in most large cities, and catalogs are

>I heartily recommend MIL-M-38784, Manuals Technical, General Style and
>Format, for your bookshelf if you will be involved with any type of
>government documentation. This will give you a general idea of how government
>documents are prepared. It will also reference other more specific documents.

Probably the best way to learn military writing requirements is to study the
specifications that are relevant to the subject matter areas in which you
work. There is a general spec, 5474 (unless that has changed in the years
since I wrote for the military), but there are almost innumerable detailed
specs for various kinds of manuals. Again, if things have not changed, specs
are generally available from the Naval Aviation Supply Depot on Robbins Avenue
in Philadelphia (although that may be one of installations slated for the

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