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Misconceptions

  • Military Writing is different from Civilian writing. Wrong!
    • Sentence structure, subject-verb-predicate, remains the same.
  • I don't have to write until I am a (fill in a Rank). Wrong!
    • If you haven't learned by now, most people are lazy! Give your sup a package or a list of accomplishments,
  • Each service branch has a different way to write. Wrong!
    • Writing is writing. Each branch may look for a specific structure, but ultimately it follows Action-Impact.
  • You have to write to win.  Wrong!
    • You write to acknowledge, reinforce, and/or reward







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General Guides

Joint Guides

EPR/OPR Guides

Awards/Decorations Guides

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Effective Military Writing Guides

AF 1206 AF 910 AF 911 AF 707
21 Space Wing EPR/OPR/PRF/Dec GuideYellow New Awesome guide as before and updated as of Mar 09.  (Contributed by SMB) (1M Doc)
21 SW EPR OPR DEC Guide Awesome guide submitted by 21 SW/IG.  Great i.e. of EPR/OPR/DECs.  (1M doc) 
26 IOG Stratification and Quantification Guide Name says it all.  Good document Wrote by CMSgt Pat Masters/26 IOG CCC As of 18 June 2002 (113K Doc)
A Guide for the Air Force Officer and DoD Civilian Very GOOD information, separated in a variety of web pages.
AIRMAN LEADERSHIP SCHOOL (ALS) Military Writing (Jan 04) - Unlinked due to policy Developed by: Enlisted Professional Enhancement Programs for ALS Lesson Plan (76K Doc)
Article 15 Guide & Checklist 2003 June Edition (290 KB Doc)
Article 15 Handbook; Commanders Good handbook covering Commander actions for Article 15 punishments.
   
Completing an AF Form 1206, Nomination for Award Good examples and instruction with a focus on the Medical Career fields.  Includes information about Civilian awards.
Condolence Letter Guidelines   Good Guide on writing Condolence Letters -- see more in Letter Factory
Bullet Writing Good PPT touching on bullet construction and worthy examples.
Effective EPR and Awards An AF Civilian and Officer Guide
Effective Writing (PPT) Writing Fundamentals
Effective EPR Writing (17 Oct 05) AWESOME PPS created by 379 AEW!  Worth your time. (1M)
Effective Writing Manual for Air Force Public Affairs Professionals (26 Oct 05) Authored by: CMSgt Jesse Hall.  Very Good document covering EPRs, DECs and awards
Enlisted Performance Reports and Awards 101 (AF) USSTRATCOM May 04 (684K PPT)
Global Operations Evaluations Guide (STRATCOM) Good examples for both OPR and EPR. Includes word lists. (May 05)
The Heretic's Guide to Better Writing From Aerospace Power Journal, it is a completely different look at Air Force Writing
How To Get Outstanding EPR’s and Be Competitive for Awards Very good look at what a person needs to do to have a solid EPR and be competitive for awards.

Pareto's Principle

Not really a writing guide but it does fit.  The 80/20 rule discussing the Trivial Many vs the Vital Few!  Helps justify a screwed up system, and what you need to look at.
Preparing Official Communications AFMAN 33-326 - Relevant information regardless of the branch.
Reprimands and Admonitions Guide Produced by 37TRW/JA (105K Doc)  (Submitted by: Trish)  -- see more in Letter Factory
Reprimands and Admonitions Handbook (30SW) Produced by 30SW/JA (132K Doc) Jul '03
Speech Writing Guide Air Force Speech Writing Guide (32K PDF)
Superior Personal Performance Collection of bullet phrases and words to help ease the pain of EPR writing.
Supervisors Guide to Admonitions and Reprimands Simplify the writing process  by utilizing pre-wrote paragraphs associated with the articles that correspond to the offense.
Team Hill OPRs/EPRs/PRFs/Decs (Mar 05) Standardization for EPR/OPR/DEC (AFAM, AFCM, MSM) (1M PDF)
Tongue and Quill (PDF) Basics writing guide for Air Force
Writing For Impact (PPT) Guides on Military Writing 
How to Write an Effective Bullet
Writing Guide (2 Feb 99) Produced by 4th Fighter Wing - Simple to the point writing guide
Writing Well Is Essential To Good Airmanship Article from Roll Call 29 Aug - 4 Sep 07
WRITTEN COUNSELING 101 (AF) How To Guide for ROC, LOC, LOA, LOR 

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Joint Writing Guides

The Joint Guides are also co-mingled though out the rest of this page

Condolence Letter Guidelines   Good Guide on writing Condolence Letters -- see more in Letter Factory
Pentagon Quarterly Awards Writing Guide  
Decoration Guide (Pentagon) (284K Doc)  
Decoration Guidebook (USCENTAF Dec 04) w/ examples(11M Doc)  
Global Operations Evaluations Guide (STRATCOM) Good examples for both OPR and EPR. Includes word lists. (May 05)

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Performance Report Guides (EPR/OPR)

AF 1206 AF 910 AF 911 AF 707

 

New EPR/PFW Instructions (11 Jul 07)
MPFM: 07-44
Implementing Instructions and Processing Procedures for the new AF Form 910, Enlisted Performance Report (AB thru TSgt), the AF Form 911, Enlisted Performance Report (MSgt thru CMSgt), the AF Form 931, Performance Feedback Worksheet (AB thru TSgt) and the AF Form 932, Performance Feedback Worksheet (MSgt thru CMSgt). (2.3M Doc)
New OPR/PFW Instructions (11 Jul 07)
MPFM: 07-45
Implementing Instructions and Processing Procedures for the new AF Form 707, Officer Performance Report (Lt thru Col) and AF Form 724, Performance Feedback Worksheet (Lt thru Col). (1.5M Doc)

 

AFEPRBullets.com New web database consisting of Air Force EPR, OPR and Award bullets
Enlisted Performance Reports   From AETC - Basic information and hints to EPRs (PPT)
EPR/OPR/PRF/LOE Writers Guide (AMC) Good guide provided by AMC touching on Performance Feedback, Deployed Letters of Evaluation (LOE), OPRs, PRFs, and EPRs.  Mar 05 (1.3M doc) thanks Carter
EPR OPR DEC Guide (21 SW) Awesome guide submitted by 21 SW/IG.  Great i.e. of EPR/OPR/DECs.  (1M doc) 
EPR/OPR Guide (353 SOG) Very good evaluation guide provided by 353 rd SOG dated 1 Jan 06. (78M PDF)
EPR Guide (67IOW); How To Write 67 IOW Chiefs' Views on How to Write an EPR
EPR Guide (67IOW) 67IOW Senior Rater Indorsement EPR Writing Guide
EPR Guide (51FW PACAF)  
EPR Guide (Hill AFB)  
EPR Guide (Maxwell AFB) IRA C. EAKER College for Professional Development
How to Prepare Performance Reports (Updated 11 Aug 2003) (181K PDF)
EPR/OPR/PRF Guide (ACC) It is a little dated but the information is still very valuable.  (435K Doc)
OPR/EPR Guide (USAF/SG)  
EPR/OPR/PRF (75 MSS) From the 75th Air Base Wing  -- Very informative, gives great examples of what to say in packages, and how they effect the promotion system.  (2.2M Doc)
EPR/OPR/Perf Reports (USAFE)  USAFE, Supt, Board Secretariat presentation with References, Rules and Techniques
Includes what the SNCO Board is looking for (500K PPT)
EPR/OPR/PRF Guide (HQAFR) Decent evaluation guide produced by the AFR Personal Center dated Nov 05. (136K PDF)
FIT Reporting Guideline Guidelines for addressing New AF Fitness Results in EPR/OPRS
EPR Assessment   Displays Strong and Weak Bullet Choices (PPT)
EES (EPR) Training Guide Enlisted Evaluation System Training Guide created by AFELM/DMPG
OPR/PRF Slide Show (AFPC) f Effective OPR and PRF Writing submitted by 21 SW/IG
OPR Review Checklist (21 OG) Current checklist submitted by 21 SW/IG
EPR Review Checklist (21 OG) Current checklist submitted by 21 SW/IG
EPR Guide (45th Space Wing) Good info on EPRs, Letters of Evaluation and Referral Reports. (307K Doc)
Evaluation Guide (9th AF) Pretty good and relatively recent (Sep 04). (500k Doc)
Nuts And Bolts Of Writing An OPR Thoughts, comments, examples and pointers for writing OPRs
PROMOTION RECOMMENDATION FORM (PRF) Guide (8AF/CC dated 3 Aug 04) From 18AF/CC dated 3 Aug 04 --  Looks like a couple of the other guides on this were cut into it. Submitted by MAJ
PROMOTION RECOMMENDATION FORM (PRF) Guide - 9AF (06) 9 AF / AFCENT PRF Guide.  Good guide plus added 2 pages of Officer Bullets.  Submitted by CAD
Writing Effective Enlisted Performance Reports (PPT)  Includes multiple examples of good and bad bullets.  Worth the time to look over
Clarification on recording Fitness (FIT) program assessments in EPR/OPR Updated guidance for the 05 Calendar Year.  Official Message.
PME comments in EPRS Official Guidance from HQ AF.  It is hard to read, but basically, don't waste space talking about general PME enrollments and completion.
Secretary of the Air Force EPR/OPR/PRF Writing Guide Talk about official.  dated 2001.  This guide was pulled off of the web, so there was no way to "scrub" it.(6M PDF)

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Award and Decoration Writing Guides

Air Force Award Timeline Page

Award Before and After Bullets  
Awards and Dec Power Point (AETC) (ppt) Pentagon Quarterly Awards Writing Guide
Decorations Guide (2BW - Nov 02) (300K Doc) Quarterly Awards Writing Guide
Decorations Guide (Hill AFB -02) (410k Doc) LAFB Quarterly Award Writing Guide ('00) (171K Doc)
Decoration Guide (Ira Eaker College) (217K Doc) AFITS Quarterly and Annual Award AFI ('02)  (4.9M Doc)  It has scoring info!
Decoration Guide (Pentagon) (284K Doc) Squadron Recognition Program Policy Letter (628 AMSS)  (89K Doc)
USAF/SG Dec Guide w/ Examples PDF    
Decoration Guidebook (USCENTAF Dec 04) w/ examples(11M Doc)  
Decoration Guide (9th AF Sep 04) (276k Doc)  
Decorations Guide (10 AB Wing '03) w/ Ex (27M Doc)   
Decoration Guide (12MSS '00) (188K Doc)  
Decorations Guide(18th Wing '03) (231K Doc)  
Decorations Guide (379 AEW '08) (1M Doc)Yellow New
Decorations Guide (45SW '00) (77K rtf)
Awards & Decorations Guide (51FW '99) w/ Ex (538K Doc)  
Decorations Guide (55th Wing '05) (4.8M Doc) Numerous examples and a common error section.
Awards & Decoration Guide (61 MSS '00)w/ Ex (4M Doc)   
Decorations Guide (62AW '00) (138k Doc)  
Decorations Guide (159 FW AD and Guard) (106K Doc)  
 Interim 2005 guidance on Air Force Communications and Information Annual awards and Air Force Darryl G. Winters Award (2.6M PDF)

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