Time to time we have been reminded that the writing ability is as important as the speaking skill since the readership to which military leaders address is by far larger than through face-to-face or telephone conversations
Time to time we have been reminded that the writing ability is as important as the speaking skill since the readership to which military leaders address is by far larger than through face-to-face or telephone conversations. The circumstances in which they transmit written messages are specific to the military environment. Whether this is to write an e-mail, plan a memorandum, make a power point presentation, or prepare a report, specific standards have to be obeyed in all these types of writing. Operating within a multinational formation in an international military field, setting requires a high level of proficiency in using this productive skill. Cadets and officers who come from non-speaking English background find the acquisition and strengthening of the skill of military writing to be quite difficult. The general knowledge that I have to acquire is unquestionably an essential prerequisite for me to become a successful military leader in the future. In attending the different service academies, during my cadets training, I have to possess knowledge of the military as well as to improve the English language skills, by putting a lot of effort in improving the productive ones, so necessary in communicating in a challenging international environment. By its nature, the productive skill of writing is more difficult to improve than the productive skill of speaking. As I have noticed during our the academic session, writing is not the military students’ preferred activity. Taking into consideration the characteristics of our professional formation, we are more interested in action than in communicating meaning. When writing a military document, an important aspect that should be taken into consideration is that it is different from a general document in terms of its objectives, content and readership. The fundamental purpose of scientific discourse is not the mere presentation of information and thought but rather its actual communication. The importance of developing the writing skill for the military certainly derives from the fact that cadets learn how to meaningfully and coherently communicate by using correct punctuation, spelling, appropriate lexical-grammatical patterns and the format specific to the military etiquette.