In some cases it is advisable to use map coordinates. Make sure you give the
map sheet identification number.
A grid coordinate by itself is not
d. WHEN did it happen.
Give specific times and days.
may have been taken at 1000 hours on 3 Aug but the overall action or event may
have started on 2 Aug and will last until 4 Aug.
e. WHY did it happen.
This may not be appropriate.
happened could be due to an accident, mistake, a new method, or good
leadership. If the WHY applies, use it.
f. HOW did it happen.
This may not always be possible or practical to
If action was accomplished in a certain way, or in a way that was
different than usual, the HOW would be required.
You must fill out an individual
caption for each
You might want to write a master caption to
information common to a series of pictures, such as a field
or tactical operation, but you still have to prepare a
caption for each
individual exposure (fig 3-2).
a. When shooting a group of people, always identify them from left to
right as you look at them or as a viewer would look at the photograph. This is
standard practice in photography and publishing.
b. Whenever possible, obtain the hometown and state of personnel in the
picture. This will make the photograph suitable for the Hometown News Release
program. Your local Public Affairs office handles the release of this type of
picture. Even though your primary mission is to document military actions for
command use, the pictures can be used for other purposes after the initial
requirements are met.
c. Make sure the subject is completely identified.
Be very specific as
to make, model, caliber, or military name.
As an example, write M60A3 tank;
not just tank or M60. Also; write M16A2 rifle, not just rifle or M16.