As an ammunition officer, you need to know how to use military publications. It is impossible to
memorize every piece of information about the ammunition field, so you must know where to find the
information and how to use the resources available to you. Military publications outline the missions,
responsibilities, and administrative procedures necessary to ensure uniform compliance with policies
throughout the Army.
MILITARY PUBLICATIONS TERMS
Some terms commonly used in military publications are defined as follows:
A basic publication is an original publication as it is first printed, without any changes.
A change is published as replacement pages to the basic publication or to a previously changed
publication. A change contains corrections of, additions to, or deletions from a previously-issued
publication. A vertical black line indicates the specific items that have been changed on each
page. When you receive a change, post it to the publication by taking out the old pages and
replacing them with the pages from the change.
The first page of a previously-changed publication is a change sheet. Figure 1-1 shows the top
part of a change sheet. The publication number is printed in the upper-right-hand corner, and
below it are the letter "C" and the number "11". This means Change 11, or the eleventh change
to this manual. The next page will be numbered C10, indicating the tenth change, and so on.
Figure 1-1. An example of a publication change sheet.
A revision is a completely new edition of a publication. It replaces the previous edition and
incorporates all previous changes as part of the new publication. An example of a title page for
a revision that supersedes an old publication is shown in Figure 1-2.