Action Officer Resources

The Army and sister services use the term, action officer to refer to a staff member (staffer). Action officers shape information and submit recommendations to senior decision makers, that when approved become decisions. To do this successfully, action officers must be proficient writers; they author documents that often have impact Armywide.


Action Officer Development Course, offered by the Army Management Staff College

  • The Action Officer Development Course (AODC) is a distributed learning course designed to help new action officers attain the staffing and communication skills needed at many levels of an organization.


Action Officer Staff Writing Guide

  • The U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command headquartered at Fort Monroe, Virginia has made this packet available to viewers of the Plain Language Action Network and others interested in improving their power of expression. This packet has been drawn from the Action Officer Development Course consisting of 11 lessons and 5 appendices that cover staff processes and communication skills, including writing.


APA Style and Grammar Guidelines


AR 25-30 Preparing and Managing Correspondence

  • This regulation prescribes Army policy for the preparation, review, approval, numbering, publishing, distribution, and management of Department of the Army (DA) publications, forms, and products. The Army Publishing Program ensures that DA publications and forms comply with publishing and printing laws, regulations, and Department of Defense (DoD) and other Government agency issuances.


Purdue University On-Line Writing Lab (OWL) 

  • The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University Houses writing resources and instructional material. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.























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