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Effective writing is essential for successful communication. As platoon commanders or staff officers, written communication must be clear, concise, thorough and correct. This lesson will discuss several different writing responsibilities you will have as a Marine officer and familiarize you with types of military correspondence.


Written communication is an effective way to disseminate information and often vital to ensure mission accomplishment. The intent of this lesson is to familiarize you with military correspondence, especially the importance of proper correspondence format, and provide examples of various types of correspondence.

In This Lesson

This lesson will give you an understanding of basic military correspondence and familiarize you with using the Correspondence Manual to prepare correspondence correctly the first time, every time.

This lesson covers the following topics:

Topic Page
Types of Correspondence 4
Directives 9
Marine Corps Order 11
Summary 12
References 13
Additional Readings 13
Glossary of Terms and Acronyms 13
Notes 13