Lesson 1/Learning Event 4
Scholarly treatment, staff jargon, and directives readily available in
Army regulations, technical manuals, and other official publications
should be avoided.
An SOP generally has a standardized format that includes a heading, a body,
and a close (authentication).
The heading identifies the unit which prepared the SOP, its
location, and mailing address. It gives the date of issue, provides a file
or SOP number for reference, and gives the SOP title.
Body. The information in the body of the SOP is tailored to the needs of
the preparing unit.
Close (Authentication). The close of the SOP contains the signature of the
commander, a list of the annexes to the SOP, and the distribution. When the
SOP is an annex to a higher-level document, the close contains the signature
of the authenticating officer of the responsible staff element.
case, the signature of the commander is not required. Refer to Extract of
FM 29-2, Appendix B, Sample Battalion Maintenance Standing Operating