NCO Primary Leadership Subjects
Organizing Your Paper and Material
After organizing your thoughts about writing the paper, you must organize the way
that you will package your information to present it to your audience.
Packaging builds a general framework that allows writing to follow a particular
pattern. Package structures include:
Time sequencing, e.g., past to present, present to past, or present to future.
Reasoning, e.g., state a conclusion or recommendation followed by a series of
reasons for the conclusion or recommendation in numbered paragraphs.
Problem-solution, e.g., identify a problem or issue and then discuss possible
solutions to the problem or techniques for resolving the issue.
Cause and effect, e.g., show how one or more ideas, actions, or conditions will
produce certain effects.
To make Army writing easy to read, packaging uses the following structure:
Open with a short, clear purpose sentence.
Identify the recommendation, conclusion, or most important
information as the main point. In other words, put the "bottom line"
up front. In some cases, steps one and two may be combined.
Clearly separate each section.
Use short paragraph headings or
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