Approach | Mech | Sea Compass | Decisions
In a nutshell: When you email your article, please use the author's name as the filename. Give us the author's full name and a mailing address so we can send postcards and a copy of the issue that the article appears in, if we print it. Our snail-mail address is Code 70, Naval Safety Center, 375 A Street, Norfolk VA 23511-4399.
Philosophy: Try to put your reader in the cockpit. Use quotes. Tell the story the way you'd tell it to a friend after the flight. We're most interested in articles written by aircrew. Personal experiences and close calls make great Approach stories. New ideas for solving problems provide interesting reading as well.
In general, your article should provide information that is useful to Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard flight crews. We want honest appraisals and realistic solutions. Our staff is always open to new ideas, so don't be afraid to try something different. We also want your feedback. Our letters page is an open forum to discuss naval aviation safety.
Bravo Zulus: Include a smooth narrative of the event, names and ranks of the nominees, endorsements from the squadron CO and appropriate wing or MAG CO, and a high-res (300 dpi) photo of the crew with the nominees identified in the photo. A phone number should also be included. We cannot work the BZ until we have all these "pieces." Forgetting the chops delays processing the nomination and its publication.
Photos: Consider submitting photographs with your article, to either illustrate it or as a general illustration for another story. (We always try to use current photography.) See the section on photography for more information.
Mech deals with maintenance hazards, changes in policy or SOP, training, new and upgraded equipment, and mishaps. Readers who have faced some dilemma in maintenance write most of the articles.
We have guidelines that determine whether an article gets printed. Is the article factual? Does it teach something useful? Does it avoid sounding like a sermon? Mech will publish your article if naval aviation can benefit from it. Write as you would talk to a friend (that's what you're doing). We'll smooth it for you, and our analysts will make sure we don't change your message. Personal-experience articles work best.
Your article will be more effective if send supporting photos. If you pose your pictures, get your subjects to remove watches, rings and necklaces. Your subjects must wear their personal protective equipment correctly: no loose chin straps on cranials, no working on ladders or atop the aircraft without a cranial, no unfastened floatcoats, and no rolled-up sleeves.
"Bravo Zulus" must be endorsed by your CO. Send an action photo of the candidate on the job. Photos must be high-res (300 dpi), saved as a .jpg.
Sea Compass serves the afloat community, surface, submarine, and diving. We're looking for articles about mishaps, risk management, personal experiences, new ideas or developments, better ways to do a job, or matters relating to safety and health. We also welcome articles on hazard avoidance, best practices, and how to maintain shipboard, submarine and diving equipment, tools and protective gear.
When submitting an article, be sure to include rank/rate, first and last names of the author, and any people mentioned in the story. When you e-mail an article, please include a point of contact with a commercial and DSN phone number so we can follow up on your submission. To help you find inspiration, we've prepared a list of Topics and Story Ideas to get you started.
We encourage photos to accompany your story, when possible. Each photo must include a caption: a complete description of what is being depicted, along with full name, rank and rate, and job title of anyone shown. Also provide photo credit or source. Please refer to the Writer and Photo Guidelines.
Decisions magazine supports shore, ground and installation operations. It provides risk-mitigation tools for our warfighters to complete the mission. The magazine also offers resources and publishes best practices for off-duty activities so our people can make smart decisions for themselves and their families. Our readers can get information that will enhance their abilities to prepare for, recognize and manage risks.
The main purpose of Decisions magazine is to make mishap prevention the personal goal for every individual. The content of this magazine offers practical and actionable solutions, first-hand lessons learned, step-by-step ways to plan a safety program, and articles that target key issues and promote current initiatives. We take articles and photos from Sailors, Marines, civilians, as well as retired service members.