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Contact Information:

Military Police
Professional Bulletin
14010 MSCoE Loop,
Building 3201, Suite 2661
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473-8702
(573) 563-4137

Most inquiries will be answered within 72 hours.


Military Police Writer's Guide

Military Police is a Department of the Army-authenticated publication that contains instructions, guidance, and other materials to continuously improve the professional development of Army military police. It also provides a forum for exchanging information and ideas within the Army military police community. Military Police 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 military police. 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 military police 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 Military Police 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. Military Police 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. For convenience, a fillable security release memorandum is provided here.

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 see the photo guide for more information.

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 Military Police with the proposed manuscript. As a general policy, Military Police 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 Military Police editors and will be responsible for conferring with coauthors concerning revisions before responding to the editors.

Military Police 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 Military Police 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 Military Police 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 Military Police 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.

Military Police is published two times a year: March (article deadline is 15 November) and September (article deadline is 15 May). Send submissions by e-mail to or on a CD in Microsoft Word, along with a double-spaced copy of the manuscript, to:

Managing Editor
Military Police Professional Bulletin
14010 MSCoE Loop, Building 3201, Suite 2661
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473-8702.

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