NCO Primary Leadership Subjects
Rule 1: Put the Main Point Up Front
Strong correspondence highlights the important information at the beginning. The
reader should immediately discern the main point of the paper. Use clear,
descriptive topic titles.
SUBJECT: After-Action Report on the M16 Range.
SUBJECT: SOP #3-5: Maintenance Management.
Begin with a statement of purpose to announce your reason for writing.
To tell you about the upcoming change to ..., To explain how well ..., To tell
you about ...
Put your "bottom line" up front so the reader will see key information first. If no
single key idea stands out, create one so your paper doesn't wander aimlessly.
Here are your training quotas for the next fiscal year.
I observed these strengths and weaknesses in your training program.
After you present your main ideas, present supporting information in short, well
organized paragraphs under clear, logical headings. Use this table to help organize
If your main point...
Then the supporting information provides...
specific actions required.
summarizes a main point,
a general discussion of ideas.