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LATEST NEWS UPDATE [Current as of May 30, 2019]

2019 SECARMY Award Announcement CLICK HERE

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ALARACT , ARMY DIRECTIVE, and AGO are now showing the latest at the top.

The APD website is getting a new look!

On April 24, 2019 APD launched a completely redesigned website that should look good in all devices (Desktop, Tablets, and Smartphones, etc). To access this new site, make sure to update your browser to the latest version. For example, Windows users can access the new site using Internet Explorer 11 or newer.
To update your browser, please go to the following site and follow the prompts: Update Browser
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To view the FAQs for new version of APD website CLICK HERE

Older browser versions hold security risks and can cause display issues for website content.

PUBLICATIONS > [Doctrine and Training] dropdown now displays publications to all proponents instead of just TRADOC proponent

A revision of AR 672-20, "Incentive Awards" has been posted. The previous version remains in effect till 1 February 2019. The new editions of associated forms for this publication will not be effective or available for order until 1 February 2019.

The Army Publishing Directorate (APD) will no longer order, stock, and/or distribute Standard Forms (SF) and Optional Forms (OF). Orders of SFs and OFs through APD will be filled only until existing stock is exhausted. Please check the APD Ordering Portal to determine availability of these forms. Users can order SFs and OFs through GSA Advantage. To establish a GSA Advantage/GSA eBuy account, visit their website.

New eBook Format for Army Administrative Publications
Administrative publications-Army regulations, DA pamphlets, and HQDA policy notices-published in FY19 and beyond will soon be available in eBook format. This new format will enable the user to read the publications on portable devices, such as smart phones and tablets

The Army Publishing Directorate (APD) appreciates all the feedback provided by our customers. This feedback enables APD to make improvements geared toward creating a web presence that is intuitive and user-friendly for all the Army's publishing needs. Based on user feedback, we have added additional search criteria on the Pub/Form Records Search page. This latest enhancement allows users to search by the Unit of Issue (UoI) or Publication Identification Number (PIN) of a Pub/Form.
We created a new page for ALARACT. You can access it from our dropdown menu>PUBLICATIONS>Administrative>Army ALARACT Message link.

SECARMY Initiative: Prioritizing Efforts-Readiness and Lethality

To reduce training requirements in brigade and below units (R2B2), the Secretary of the Army has released a series of Army directives with the title "Prioritizing Efforts-Readiness and Lethality," in the 2018-07 series (AD 2018-07-1 through AD 2018-07-9). These ADs identify Army regulations that need to be modified to reduce training requirements. The AD 2018-07 series can be found under Publications/Army Directives in the top navigation of the APD website.

Revised AR 25-30 and DA Pam 25-40 now available on the APD website

Learn about the latest changes to publishing policies and procedures in the newly revised AR 25-30 (Army Publishing Program) and DA Pam 25-40 (Army Publishing Program Procedures). The much anticipated revision of AR 25-30
✦ Revises and clarifies policies for Army directives (including 2-year expiration).
✦ Clarifies staffing and proponent requirements for Department of the Army administrative publications.
✦ Revises DA Form 260 and DA Form 260-1.
✦ Changes DA memos to HQDA policy notices.
✦ Implements requirements for publishing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technical and equipment publications for acquisition category 3 programs.
✦ Revises and clarifies policies, processes, and definitions for departmental, local, and field printing.
✦ Supersedes DA Pam 25-30.


The Publications 101 course is a new outreach effort by APD to educate proponents and give them the tools to navigate through the publishing process and the knowledge to write better documents.

If you would like more information about the Publications 101 training or if you would like to sign-up for one of the sessions, please send an email to usarmy.pentagon.hqda-apd.mbx.publishing-division@mail.mil. In your message, please include your contact information and specify which session you would like to attend.

Schedule of upcoming sessions:

✦ 25 September 2019, 8:30-11:00 Banner (1SE5603) Conference Room, Building 1458, Fort Belvoir
✦ 17 December 2019, 8:30-11:00 Banner (1SE5603) Conference Room, Building 1458, Fort Belvoir

If you are a PC/PCO and your organization has a minimum of 15 individuals who want to receive the Publications 101 training, please send an email to usarmy.pentagon.hqda-apd.mbx.publishing-division@mail.mil. Include your name, role (PC or PCO), organization, location, and number of participants.


Visit the Publishing Resources page to access helpful resources for composing and updating Army policy publications.




The purpose of the message is to provide guidance and procedures concerning submission methods for DA Form 2166-8 and DA Form 67-9 as well as provide timelines and dates indicating the discontinued use of the MYFORMs portal on the Army Knowledge Online (AKO) webpage. It also contains information concerning the forms conversion from IBM Lotus (XFDL) to fillable Adobe (PDF-F) form formats.

HQDA Form 5

For actions within the Headquarters Department of the Army, HQDA Form 5 must be used instead of DA Form 5.

Designing Forms With Adobe-Important Message From CHESS

Click here for Adobe-important message from CHESS for designing forms with Adobe.

Technical Instructions

Placing an Adobe Digital Signature on a MS Word Document using Adobe Acrobat Professional 10 or greater
How to install Lotus Forms Viewer with E-Sign 6.6
Saving your locked or signed pdf file into an unlocked static pdf file for archiving or merging to other pdf files
Creating a PDF Portfolio
How to add attachments to a digitally signed Reader Extended fillable PDF
Forms Guidance Review Of Army-Wide Publication (Proponent)
Unit of Issue Codes