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Last Post 20 May 2017 07:33 PM by ebee. 4 Replies.
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20 May 2017 02:39 PM
    Good afternoon. 

    Long time lurker, first time poster lol. 

    I am in the final stages of my OCS Package and trying to finish my narrative. I'm reaching the end and now feel like I may have done it all wrong. I tend to me more "creative" than "concise" and I worry if I should just start fresh. Would anyone with experience be willing to read it and give a few pointers? 

    Also, if we use a quote, should we leave a citation at the end? 

    Thank you! 
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    20 May 2017 05:18 PM
    Are you a civilian or enlisted?

    Definitely lean to concise vice creative. Yours is one of hundreds of narratives the board will read. You don't have time to beat around the bush. Write in the style of a memo, not an essay. Tell them why you should be an officer - why they should hire you specifically.

    I spent a lot of time and went through many drafts when putting my packet together. If someone returns a draft to you and it's not covered in edits/red ink, find someone else to read it for you.
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    20 May 2017 05:48 PM
    Thank you!

    I am civilian, husband is enlisted lol.

    Mine is essentially an essay. What do you mean by memo? I asked my recruiter about the memorandum format requested of enlisted members and he told me not to bother with it. Hm.
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    20 May 2017 06:08 PM
    **Mods** This probably belongs in the Officer sub forum
    "When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him."-Jonathan Swift
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    20 May 2017 07:33 PM
    He's right - you don't need to use the memo format, but I would use a memo style of writing. Think of it like writing a cover letter if that makes more sense.

    Since your husband is in the CG I would ask him to help you network a bit and find some OCS grads who are willing to read it for you. I am happy to do so as well. I will be attending this summer.
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