NFLD Sapper said:
Well the memo contained within the Resource Management Support Clerk Apprentice Training Military Writing Guide seems to be the standard I have seen on on my Leadership Course, done within my Unit, sent from other units and, also done at CFSME... and it does conform to A-AD-121-CO1/FP-000 Staff and Writing Procedures.......
Has anyone pointed out to the staff at CFSAL that the RMS Clerk Apprentice Training Military Writing Guide references A-AD-121-CO/FP-000, which is an obsolete
document? If you search for that pub on the DWAN, you'll arrive at a nice webpage which informs everyone that it is obsolete*
and has been rescinded.
Sorry, but this is a real stick in my craw. When the "A-AD-121-CO1/FP-000 Staff and Writing Procedures" was made obsolete, it seems that the thing to do was copy and paste the text into a new document, put a nice cover page on it which says "RMS Clerk Apprentice Training Military Writing Guide", or "XXXXXXX unit Military Writing Guide", or whatever. Who authorized the "rebranding" of an obsolete document into something to be passed off as official?
We had a Forces-wide standard for Military Writing. Someone, in their infinite wisdom, decided to make it obsolete, and leave nothing in its place for guidance. Everyone's solution was to take snippets from the obsolete document, and a little of their own style, and make unit/branch/trade/school Writing Guides out of it. So now, what we have, is no standard at all, and people getting jacked up and having memos returned to them with red pen scribbles because they wrote memos the way their last unit wanted it. What a waste of everyone's
We have three volumes of QR&Os, a hockeysock full of DAODs (and growing), a whack of CFAOs that are still in effect, and God knows how many CBIs. Surely to Christ someone can draft up a national
standard for writing a bloody memo or service letter.
*obsolete - 1 a : no longer in use or no longer useful <an obsolete word> b : of a kind or style no longer current
CDN Aviator said:
Carries enough weight outside of CFSAL to be used to teach Sr. NCOs on the IAEQ course........
That only goes to show how quickly something which looks real pretty (but still lacks official sanction) can propagate to some units and not others, in the absence of something official. Does it have an NDID number? It seems to be lacking the statement that is on the front page of just about every CF publication which states "Issued on Authority of the Chief of the Defence Staff".