Army Regulation 25-50, Preparing and Managing Correspondence, describes Army writing:
“Effective Army writing transmits a clear message in a single, rapid reading and is generally free of errors in
grammar, mechanics, and usage.”
Note the “generally free of errors.”
As such, budding officers need to be taught the finer points of Army writing, since commissioned officers seem to spend a significant part of their time writing memos and wordy emails and OPORDs that never quite work out as planned. The following is a sample of the writing that up-and-coming officer candidates are producing in our service schools, today.
I swear, I am not making this up.
The Life of General George Patton, Jr.
Of all the military Generals that have passed through our ears , General Patton comes to the top of my mind. General Patton lived an incredible life filled with accomplishments and action .
General Patton was born in San Gabriel, California on November 11th 1845 . He never stopped his intense desire to continuously better him self with tactical and historic knowledge. At age 11, he started his military education by attending Virginia Military Institute. This could almost be called tradition because both his father and grandfather attended this school Following graduation from the Virginia Military Institute, he attended West Point Military Academy with the intent of receiving a commission following graduation.
Not to long after receiving his commission from West Point, a new and world changing contraption was invented, the tank. General Patton integument and excitement derived from the tank achieved him to be the first officer assigned to the United States Tank Corps. And with assistance formed other formed the American Tank School.
His interest and devotion in the tank school was very visible. He wrote all the training material and manuals used at the school. Then, he trained the tankers that he would eventually lead into combat.
General Patton had several close calls while in combat, including a wound that passed through the lower portion of his gluteus maximum . This particular wound prompted General Patton to occasionally refer to him self as a half-assed General. Though this wound was serious, he still snuck out of the hospital and returned to his unit.
General Patton had an incredible sense of organization and leadership. He was moved to and from several commands for reasons ranging from leadership requirements to political. Of all the battles that he had fought in the most famous was the Battle of the Bulge. With overwhelming force he drove through Germany, across the Rhine, and at the end of the war his solders were made it all the way to Czechoslovakia.
General Patton used many different types of Modern war fair to complement each other. Some good examples are using the air support with tanks. With his force General Patton used more force to wound and kill more enemy troops and had moved farther faster than any other Army in the recorded history of war.
Many attribute his success with how well he was able to motivate his solders. Known by psychologists as reinforcing factors, by keeping a high level of energy our bodies naturally start to produce adrenaline into our systems. But even with his motivation tactics General Patton was able to lead by example on so many levels. Subordinates half his age were hard pressed to keep up with him physically.
On December 21st 1954 General Patton died at 60 due to injuries resulting from a car crash. Though his life encompassed war, General Patton’s own diary suggests how much he disliked the effects of it. He knew of past wars, had studied tactics, and performed them him self and know by both the history of it as well as from personal experience what it does to people.