Individual Development Plans for Soldiers

Organizations must create a culture that encourages, supports, and invests in the short- and long-term development of their employees. Professional development should be an ongoing process to ensure Soldiers are staying current—if not one step ahead—in their fields and mission-critical competencies. Planning for continuous development must be anchored to the organization’s mission, goals, objectives, and […]




Common Errors: Spelling

Common ErrorsIn everyday practice, most writers make a limited number of errors in the basics, but repeat those errors often. Below is a list of frequently occurring errors and corrections with techniques to prevent them. Studies show that people tend to continually misspell a relatively small number of words— between 25 and 50—in their day-to-day […]




Common Errors: Subject-Verb Agreement

Common Errors In everyday practice, most writers make a limited number of errors in the basics, but repeat those errors often. Below is a list of frequently occurring errors and corrections with techniques to prevent them. Claire Cook, in Line by Line: How to Improve Your Own Writing, states: Errors in agreement, a singular subject […]




Common Errors: Sentence Fragments

Common Errors In everyday practice, most writers make a limited number of errors in the basics, but repeat those errors often. Below is a list of frequently occurring errors and corrections with techniques to prevent them. Conventional sentences have a subject and predicate, and any departure should be clearly intentional. Skillful writers use fragments effectively […]




Review: Effective Writing for Army Leaders

Last month (Sep 2015) in Military Review, editor Desirae Gieseman attemptds to redifine the Army writing standard in her article titled Effective Writing for Army Leaders. Ms. Gieseman surely has the chops to address this topic, after all she holds a BA from William Woods University with majors in French, business administration, and economics, and […]




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PRINCIPLES OF EFFECTIVE WRITING STYLE

a. Accuracy. Your work should represent only essential and accurate facts free of bias or distortion. b. Brevity and completeness. You must keep to essentials. Your writing should be brief and to the point. To cover a subject completely, while keeping the length of the paper to the absolute minimum requires careful analysis and probably […]




Effective Military Communication (Slideshow)

Communication: The exchange of thoughts, messages, or information, as by speech, signals, or writing. Barriers to Communication •  Physical Barriers •  Cultural Barriers •  Language Differences •  Format Errors •  Grammar and Spelling Mistakes Military Writing “Effective Army writing transmits a clear message in a single, rapid reading, and is generally free of errors in […]