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Is there a standardize font to use in Army Writing?

When writing a counseling statement, does it matter if the font is different in each section? If so, is there an AR or FM or something in writing that statement about the font on writing a counseling

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See AR 25-50 typically military font is Arial 12.  While having multiple fonts may look strange or potentially portray the counselor in a less than professional light having different fonts would not invalidate the counseling session.

EXTRACT AR 25-50

1–17. Type fonts and sizes

When creating official correspondence, use type fonts and sizes that make the correspondence easy to read and understand. The following guidelines will provide the best results:

a.  A font with a point size of 12 is recommended.

b.  Preferred type font is Arial.

c.  Unusual type styles, such as Script, will not be used in official correspondence

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  • Stephen Ryan

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    There is no single standard military font that is used for everything in the military. Generally, the military uses block fonts and stencil fonts.

    • Mark Gerecht

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      Stephen, thanks for highlighting this issue!

      This response is provided based on the information you shared and should not be used as the sole source for making a decision. You should seek guidance from the chain of command, IG, JAG or other certified agencies before making any decisions. How you chose to use this information is totally up to you and is your sole responsibility.

      AR 25-50 para 1-19, specifically states:
      1–19. Type fonts and sizes
      Use type fonts and sizes that make the correspondence easy to read and understand. The following guidelines will
      provide the best results:
      a. A font with a point size of 12 is recommended.
      b. Preferred type font is Arial.
      c. Unusual type styles, such as Script, will not be used in official correspondence.
      d. Use guidance in DA Memorandum 25–52 and DoDM 5110.04–M–V1 for Congressional or correspondence for
      the signature of the Secretary of Defense.

      Therefore there is flexibility in selecting fonts previous version of AR 25-50 outlined specific fonts and types.

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      • Stephen Ryan

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        Thanks so much for sharing! Your article giave me a lot of useful information about military fonts. Great article!

  • Jesse De Gil

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    I have a question about powerpoint presentation font type(s), size(s) bullets, etc. Is there a standard to that is followed? 12 font does not seem to be the best idea and it cause more clutter.

    thank you.

  • blake preissig

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    i want to know a type a military font that is in microsoft word

    • Mark Gerecht

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      AR 25-50
      1–17. Type fonts and sizes
      When creating official correspondence, use type fonts and sizes that make the correspondence easy to read and
      understand.
      The following guidelines will provide the best results:
      a. A font with a point size of 12 is recommended.
      b. Preferred type font is Arial.
      c. Unusual type styles, such as Script, will not be used in official correspondence.

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  • Jeremy Stocker

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    1–20. Type fonts and sizes
    When creating official correspondence, use type fonts and sizes that make the correspondence easy to read and
    understand. The following guidelines will provide the best results:
    a. A font with a point size smaller than 12 or larger than 14 should be avoided. When possible, a 12-point size will
    be used.
    b. Preferred type fonts are Times Roman and Times New Roman.
    c. Unusual type styles, such as script, should not be used to create official correspondence. (AR 25-30 p. 4)

    • Mark Gerecht

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      Jeremy,
      Thanks for keeping us up to date! Always appreciate professional feedback. Keep it coming.
      Respectfully,
      TOP

    • Leah J

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      Times New Roman is the old guidance and Arial is the newer (since 2013) preferred font. AR 25-30 doesn’t mention font….

      1–17. Type fonts and sizes
      When creating official correspondence, use type fonts and sizes that make the correspondence easy to read and
      understand. The following guidelines will provide the best results:
      a. A font with a point size of 12 is recommended.
      b. Preferred type font is Arial.
      c. Unusual type styles, such as Script, will not be used in official correspondence.

      • Antonio H.

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        AR 25-50, pg.3, 1-17

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