UNITED STATES ARMY INFANTRY SCHOOL Combined Arms and Tactics Directorate Combined Arms and Leadership Division

Communicative Skills Branch Fort Benning, Georgia CW9Z62 Advance Sheet INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATIVE SKILLS (CLARITY) 1. INSTRUCTIONAL INTENT: to write effectively. The OCS student will understand the necessity for officers

2. TRAINING OBJECTIVES: As a result of this instruction, the student will accomplish the following objectives: a. ACTION: Identify the reasons for officers to write well. CONDITION: Given this class. STANDARD: Officers must write well for technical and tactical success.

ACTION: Explain the writing process. CONDITION: Given this class. STANDARD: The writing process involves planning--or prewriting, writing, and then rewriting. ACTION: Recite the standard for Army writing, AR 25-50. CONDITION: Given this class. STANDARD: In accordance with AR 25-50, effective Army writing is writing the reader can understand in a single, rapid reading and is generally free of errors. ACTION: Recite the focus of Army writing. CONDITION: Given this class. STANDARD: The students’ writing will reflect the bottom line up front and minimal and appropriate use of the passive voice. 3. STUDENT REQUIREMENTS: a. Advance assignment: None. d. c.

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b. Required Reading: Read AR 25-50, section IV, paragraphs 1-43 thru 1-45, and familiarize yourself with the “Standard” handout prior to class. c. 4. Supplemental Reading: None.

CENTRAL POINTS:

a. Effective communication occurs when the receiver gets the exact same message that the sender means to transmit. We communicate in three ways: face-to-face, telephonic or radio, or in

writing. Because writing is neither the most efficient nor most effective means of communication as compared with other forms of communication, it is even more important for the officer to write clearly and concisely. b. The reader must understand Army writing in a single, rapid reading. To meet this standard, we must ensure our writing reflects the following: the bottom line is up front, the writer uses concrete terms, the writer eliminates jargon and unnecessary words., and the writer uses the active voice primarily and the passive as an exception to the rule.

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