NCO Primary Leadership Subjects
Rule 6: Avoid Jargon
Jargon is the vocabulary of terms and phrases used within a particular profession,
such as the military or the medical professions. It also describes vague and inflated
language that unnecessarily complicates simple ideas.
Legalese is a form of jargon that replaces plain talk with sentence structure and
phrases that imitate the language of the legal profession.
Avoid using jargon or legalese phrases.
JARGON: plus up, downsize, quarters, incomplete success.
increase, reduce, home, failure.
LEGALESE: Herewith enclosed is..., It is incumbent upon you...
CLEAR: Enclosed is..., You must...