Engineer is a Department of the Army-authenticated publication that contains instructions, guidance, and other materials to continuously improve the professional development of Army engineers. It also provides a forum for exchanging information and ideas within the Army engineer community. Engineer includes articles by and about commissioned officers, warrant officers, enlisted Soldiers, Department of the Army civilians, and others. Writers may discuss training, current operations and exercises, doctrine, equipment, history, personal viewpoints, or other areas of general interest to engineers. Articles may share good ideas and lessons learned or explore better ways of doing things. Shorter, after action type articles and reviews of books on engineer topics are also welcome.

    Articles should be concise, straightforward, and in the active voice. Avoid using acronyms when possible. When used, acronyms must be spelled out and identified at the first use. Also avoid the use of bureaucratic jargon and military buzzwords. Text length should not exceed 2,000 words (about eight double-spaced pages).

    Articles submitted to Engineer must be accompanied by a written release from the author’s unit or activity security manager before editing can begin. All information contained in an article must be unclassified, nonsensitive, and releasable to the public. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that security is not compromised; information appearing in open sources does not constitute declassification. Engineer is distributed to military units worldwide and is also available for sale by the Government Printing Office. As such, it is readily accessible to nongovernment or foreign individuals and organizations. Download the security release form.

    Authors are responsible for article accuracy and source documentation. Use endnotes (not footnotes) and references to document sources of quotations, information, and ideas. Limit the number of endnotes to the minimum required for honest acknowledgment. Endnotes and references must contain a complete citation of publication data; for Internet citations, include the date accessed.

    Include photographs and/or graphics that illustrate information in the article. Graphics must be accompanied by captions or descriptions; photographs should also be identified with the date, location, unit/personnel, and activity, as applicable. Do not embed photographs in Microsoft® PowerPoint or Word or include photographs or illustrations in the text; instead, send each of them as a separate file. If illustrations are created in PowerPoint, avoid the excessive use of color and shading. Save digital images at a resolution no lower than 200 dpi.

Please review the Photo Guide for photos and illustrations accompanying your article.

    Copyright concerns and the proliferation of methods used to disseminate art, illustrations, and photographs require that the origin of any graphics be identified. If a graphic is copyrighted, the author must obtain copyright approval and submit it to Engineer with the proposed manuscript. As a general policy, Engineer will not use artwork that cannot be attributed.

    Provide a short paragraph that summarizes the content of the article. Also include a short biography, including full name, rank, current unit, job title, and education; U.S. Postal Service mailing address; and a commercial daytime telephone number.

    When an article has multiple authors, the primary point of contact should be clearly designated with the initial submission. The designated author will receive all correspondence from Engineer editors and will be responsible for conferring with coauthors concerning revisions before responding to the editors.


    Engineer will notify each author to acknowledge receipt of a manuscript. However, we make no final commitment to publish an article until it has been thoroughly reviewed and, if required, revised to satisfy concerns and conform to publication conventions. We make no guarantee to publish all submitted articles, photographs, or illustrations. If we plan to publish an article, we will notify the author. Therefore, it is important to keep us informed of changes in e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.

    Manuscripts submitted to Engineer become government property upon receipt. All articles accepted for publication are subject to grammatical and structural changes as well as editing for length, clarity, and conformity to Engineer style. We will send substantive changes to the author for approval. Authors will receive a courtesy copy of the edited version for review before publication; however, if the author does not respond to Engineer with questions or concerns by a specified suspense date (typically five to seven working days), it will be assumed that the author concurs with all edits and the article will run as is.

    Engineer is published three times a year: April (article deadline is 1 December), August (article deadline is 1 April), and December (article deadline is 1 August). Send submissions by e-mail,  or send an electronic copy in Microsoft Word on a CD and a double-spaced copy of the manuscript to—

Engineer Professional Bulletin
14010 MSCoE Loop, Building 3201, Suite 2661
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri 65473-8702

As an official U.S. Army publication, Engineer is not copyrighted. Material published in Engineer can be freely reproduced, distributed, displayed, or reprinted; however, appropriate credit should be given to Engineer and its authors.

    Note: Please indicate if a manuscript is being considered for publication elsewhere. Due to the limited space per issue, we usually do not print articles that have been accepted for publication at other Army venues.


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