NCO Primary Leadership Subjects
Army Writing Standards
Army Regulation 25-50 states the standards for Army writing:
"Effective Army Writing transmits a clear message in a single, rapid reading and
is generally free of errors in grammar, mechanics, and usage. Good Army
writing is concise, organized, and right to the point."
The material in this lesson emphasizes using simple, familiar, and explicit words and
sentences. Army writing should be straightforward and uncomplicated. Your
readers should understand your meaning without the need for a dictionary at their
The Army writing style is action oriented, structured, and accurate. These
characteristics have the following attributes:
Action oriented: Use short words, short sentences, and the active voice in
Structure: Use a structural pattern that opens with the purpose followed by the
main point, conclusion, or recommendation.
Accuracy: Write correctly, credibly, and completely.
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