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LTC Stephen F.
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This reminds me of so many tests I took in the 1970s SFC (Join to see). Extemporaneous writing is a very useful skill for NCOs and many others. Developing effective grading systems for writing has been challenging and requires skilled educators and counselors to help the NCIOs improve their capabilities to write well.
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LTC Stephen F. roger that, well said and eloquently conveyed. Priceless response!
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SSgt Robert Marx
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Yes the five paragraph report has wide application. Many people are deficient in writing skills and so cannot get promoted.
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SGM Erik Marquez
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This is a long time coming long time needed program.
Very happy to hear they went with an "assessment" at this point not a "test"

The next question is, what are they doing to support the educational needs identified?

Id'ing a need with no comprehensive and workable plan to address the observed defenency is a waste of time and resources.
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LTC Stephen C.
LTC Stephen C.
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SGM Erik Marquez, what you say makes total sense and why have an assessment if there's no training to follow? I'll be the optimist and say that there's a training plan and program to go along with the assessment!
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SPC Kevin Ford
SPC Kevin Ford
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SGM Erik Marquez They might be trying to figure out the boundaries of the issue and then follow it with remediation once they better understand where they are at. There is also the problem of instituting such a program without encountering organizational resistance, sometimes a smaller step gets people comfortable with something before taking a larger step.

Then again I might giving the military too much credit, but that's one possibility.
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LTC Stephen C.
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SFC (Join to see), I wrote a few research papers in high school and did many in college as part of my major in business. We were required to take a few quarters of English composition as well in college. All of this prepared me well for writing in the civilian work world where writing letters and memos is simply part of your work. I had to write research papers for the C&GS Officer Course and again, my training and education stood me in good stead.
I would hope that all noncommissioned officers embrace the opportunity to improve their writing skills for their remaining time in the military and their transition to the civilian work force upon retirement. LTC Stephen F. SGM Erik Marquez
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LTC Stephen C.
LTC Stephen C.
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SFC (Join to see), I forgot to mention that the Army had just introduced a recommended Army writing style, which basically dumbed down the English language in terms of sentence composition and word usage. I refused to use this Army writing style, yet still received superior marks on all my Army writing requirements. I'm forever grateful for the C&GS Adjunct Professors for not falling into the pit that the Army had created. I don't know if it's still used, but I certainly hope not. LTC Stephen F.
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