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:

  • September 17, Building 1458, Valor Conference Room, 1300-1500
  • October 15, Pentagon Conference Center, Room B, 0900-1100
  • November 12, Building 1458, Valor Conference Room, 1300-1500
  • December 10, Pentagon Conference Center, Room B9, 0900-1100

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

Quarterly Publishing Champion Update

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Request for Nominations 2014 Secretary of the Army Awards for Improving Publications

The Army Publishing Directorate (APD) is accepting nominations for the 2014 Secretary of the Army Awards for Improving Publications. The awards recognize military and civilian personnel who have made superior contributions in publications. The period of consideration is 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014, and nominations are due to APD by 1 October 2014.

Click here for more information.

Publications News

AR 25-30 Revision

AR 25-30, The Army Publishing Program, is currently under revision.

Publishing Resources

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

Forms News

Army Migrating to Adobe Fillable Forms

The Army is currently in the process of transitioning its forms to a fillable Adobe PDF format. Once the transition is complete, the new fillable PDF forms will replace both the Lotus Forms in XFDL format and the non-fillable PDF forms that are currently available. A form with the "PDF-F" means that forms are available in a fillable format.

New Army enterprise licenses for Adobe LifeCycle Forms Designer and Adobe LiveCycle Server/Reader Extension Software will provide Army wide designers a new integrated forms and digital signature solution in one software package, enabling them to open, fill-in form fields, sign digital signatures, attach documents, and save forms with the Adobe Acrobat Pro or using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader. For more information, please contact the APD Forms Branch at

To order:

The Adobe LiveCycle suite of software, and other specific Adobe products listed in the JELA contract under Primary Goods and Services, can be ordered through CHESS.

1) Go here:, you must login with your CAC.

2) Click on the green tab that says, 'Software', and then select 'Agreements' under the drop down list.

3) Under ‘Enterprise License Agreements (ELAs)’, click on the 'Adobe JELA' link under ‘Program Name’. Here the Adobe Joint Enterprise License Agreement (JELA) explains the specifics of the contract, including, the ‘Period of Performance’ and the ‘Primary Goods and Services’.

Ordering Open To: The BPA is open for ordering by the Army, Air Force and DISA, as defined in the Terms and Conditions of the contract. This BPA is also open to Army, Air Force and DISA contractors authorized to order in accordance with FAR Part 51.

4) Ordering Instructions: Before accessing the Adobe License Tracker below you will need to create to a user profile by registering via SharePoint. This 'SharePoint User Profile instructions' link is directly above the 'Adobe License Tracker’.

5) Once registered, you can now click on the 'Adobe License Tracker' link back on the JELA Web page.

6) Login to the 'PEO Enterprise Information Systems Web site' via the 'Adobe License Tracker' link that is listed on the Adobe JELA Web page, which is below the 'SharePoint User Profile Instructions' link.

Any additional questions about the CHESS Web site or more detailed questions about the software can be answered by CHESS.


CHESS Help Desk
Phone: (888) 232-4405
Commercial: (703) 806-1019
DSN: 656-1019

Click here for the memorandum from the Executive Director, U.S. Army Headquarters Services.
Click here for steps on how to save a Lotus XFDL form to Adobe PDF.
Click here for the ALARACT for the Adobe Conversion. CAC required for accessing document.
Click here for steps for placing an Adobe Digital Signature on a MS Word Document using Adobe Acrobat Professional 10 or greater.

Click here for the ALARACT Information on Army Migration to Adobe Fillable Forms." CAC required for accessing document.