There is an Army Regulation 25-50, which states the standards for 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. Good Army writing is concise, organized, and right to the point."
It also declares the Army writing style to be action-oriented, structured, and accurate. These have the following attributes:
- Action-oriented: Use short words, short sentences, and the active voice inwriting.
- Structure: Use a structural pattern that opens with the purpose followed by the main point, conclusion, or recommendation.
- Accuracy: Write correctly, credibly, and thoroughly.
So, the two essential requirements for a good army writing are putting the main point at the beginning and using active voice.