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Throwback: Military Writing Takes Many Forms
"Communication is one of life's most important skills"
In their piece, Sukman and Nate Finney identify seven forms of military writing: the mobile device, the email, the information paper, the strategy, the order, and the speech. Each of these are important forms of communication, and critical aspects of being a military professional.
In the conclusion, they argue that:
Communicating through writing forces the writer to think, and to make intellectual decisions. While professional journals, blogs, and other forms of publication are certainly worthy of time and effort, the daily writing done by officers can be just as, if not more, influential on policy-level decision makers.
However, the Harding Project advocates for renewing professional writing not just for impact on policy-level decisions, but to improve information sharing and idea development across the Army. A healthy system of professional journals shares information and discourse down, up, and laterally, while drawing inspiration from our past and making us better communicators through interaction with editors.
What do you think?