NCO Primary Leadership Subjects
Remembering Spelling Rules, Continued
The numbers for writing numbers are sometimes confusing. Whether you spell the
word out or use arabic numerals depends upon the purpose of the text. The
information in the following table will help you write numbers correctly.
Use arabic numerals for numbers of 10 or
The sergeant ordered 25 copies
of the manual.
Exception: If the number comes at the
beginning of the sentence, spell it and related
Spell out numbers less than 10 except when 2
The 3 NCOs had over 38 years
of military experience.
or more numbers appear in a sentence and 1 of
them is 10 or higher, then use figures for both
Write time and dates using arabic numerals.
7 hours, 6 minutes, 25 seconds
5 May 1990
Write age and measurements using arabic
6 years old
7/8 by 16 inches
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