a. Record negatives are selected by the unit for their value to higher
After selection they are forwarded through channels for
screening and possible retention in the permanent files of the Department of
the Army. Disposition of these photographic materials is covered in AR 108-2.
Record negatives include:
(1) National interest.
Photography which a head or commander of an
Army agency or activity determines has impact on national policy, programs, and
(2) Spot news.
The photographing of an event or occurrence, often
unforeseen, which demands immediate publication.
(3) Operational. Photographs are of significant operations, campaigns,
exercises and maneuvers.
Photographs are of major construction of systems,
facilities, and installations.
Photographs of new training methods or techniques,
field expedients, and other information of educational value.
Photographs are of new equipment
operating under normal and extreme climatic conditions.
(7) Outstanding photography.
Photographs taken of military activities
(8) Any other official coverage considered appropriate for Department
of the Army files.
b. Nonrecord negatives are those of local temporary value.
retained in the unit negative file for a period of two years; however, earlier
disposal is authorized. Examples of nonrecord photography are as follows:
(1) Photographs for minor damage investigations.
(2) Soldier of the month.
(4) Charity drives, contributions, and blood donors.
(5) Enlistments, reenlistments, graduations
promotions below General and Flag Officer rank.
(6) Athletic awards, Army athletic groups, team trophy presentations
except Army wide final competition. (See AR 108-5 for additional information.)