News and Information

General News

Publications 101 Course

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.

Schedule of upcoming sessions:

2015 Dates
  • February 10, Pentagon Conference Center, Room B9, 0900-1100
  • March 11, Fort Belvoir, Building 1458, Valor Conference Room, 1300-1500
  • April 15, Pentagon Conference Center, Room B8, 0900-1100
  • May 13, Fort Belvoir, Building 1458, Valor Conference Room, 1300-1500
  • June, Pentagon Conference Center (time/date TBD)
  • July 8, Fort Belvoir, Building 1458, Valor Conference Room, 1300-1500
  • August, Pentagon Conference Center (time/date TBD)
  • September 9, Fort Belvoir, Building 1458, Valor Conference Room, 1300-1500
  • October, Pentagon Conference Center (time/date TBD)
  • November date TBD, Fort Belvoir, Building 1458, Valor Conference Room,1300-1500
  • December, Pentagon Conference Center (time/date TBD)

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 Include your
name, role (PC or PCO), organization, location, and number of participants.

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 In your message, please include your contact information and specify which session you would like to attend.

Click here to access the Publications 101 Training slides on the Publications Resources page. You will be directed to sign in through AKO.

New ALARACT Process

Click here for New ALARACT Process

Publications News

Publishing Resources

2015 Secretary of the Army Awards for Improving Publications. Submission instructions coming in July 2015.

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

Forms News



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. FOR COMPLETE GUIDANCE, PLEASE LINK TO MILPER MESSAGE NUMBER 15-086 AT HTTPS://WWW.HRC.ARMY.MIL/MILPER/PRINTPREVIEW.ASPX?MILPERID=15-086

HQDA Form 5

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

Army Migrating to Adobe Fillable Forms

As of 1 October 2014, all DA forms are available in fillable Adobe PDF (PDF-F). The new forms replace the Lotus forms in XFDL format and non-fillable PDF forms. See instructions listed below on how to save completed XFDL forms in PDF or XPS Document Writer for your records. We recommend that users begin saving XFDL forms that are required historical documents with one of these methods.

For more information on Army PDF fillable forms, please contact the APD Forms Management Branch at

For assistance with IBM Lotus Forms and Silanis eSign, please contact the Helpdesk
via email at or by phone: (703) 692-1306.

Technical Instructions
Official Guidance