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ADF paper: "Of Fuzzy Writing and Fatalities"
« on: July 17, 2015, 13:03:51 »
Doesn't get clearer than this, from the Australian Army Journal ....
To communicate effectively, one must write clearly. To write clearly, one must think clearly. To succeed in battle, one also must communicate effectively and think clearly. So one would think Army would place a premium on clarity of expression. Yet there is abundant evidence in the pages of this Journal that the clarity of military writing is in sharp decline. Why this might be so, and what can be done about it, is the subject of this article.
Full paper (6 pages) attached.
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Re: ADF paper: "Of Fuzzy Writing and Fatalities"
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2015, 14:27:56 »
Now, if only politicians/lawyers and assorted others would buy into something like this. These principles were taught at the old staff school on Avenue Rd in TO. (dating myself a bit)
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Re: ADF paper: "Of Fuzzy Writing and Fatalities"
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2015, 14:50:00 »
I think the Army does try to stick to clear language - at least some Sr officers do. The problem, IMHO, is that to get further up, through staff college or other masters/phd program, we get in bed with academics and start practising their self reverential stile of writing (mirror to see yourself while you re-read your paper at own expense) and the academic circle-stroking sticks after completion.

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