Academic Writing: A Guide for Military Personnel is a manual for writing clear and effective academic prose. Authored by an experience writing instructor and a retired military officer, both of whom now teach in a professional military education institution, it is directed at members of the armed forces who are entering, or perhaps re-entering, the academic community having spent much of their careers either writing in the professional military context or not writing at all.
The book not only teaches officers how to write convincingly, but also explains why a sound grasp of academic writing can enhance their effectiveness in their regular duties, particularly as they reach the more senior levels of service. Chapters focus on the value of written communication skills, the difference between professional (staff) and academic writing, the research process, the writing process, academic professionalism, and common writing problems and challenges. A particularly innovative final chapter discusses how officers can use the knowledge that they have acquired through their professional experiences in the academic context. Specific examples – chosen with a military audience in mind – are integrated throughout the text to provide the reader with relevant and practical guidance.
The revised edition incorporates new examples from a more diverse set of authors, takes into account recent changes in communication technologies, and reflects new advancements in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
As the only comprehensive guide to effective academic writing designed specifically for military personnel, this book will be a crucial addition to the libraries of junior and senior officers in militaries worldwide.
Available formats: trade paperback, accessible PDF, and accessible ePub
Preface to Revised Edition
Introduction: Why Read This Book?
1: Academic Writing: What Is It? And What Makes It Good?
2: The Academic Research Process
3. The Academic Writing Process: A Structure
4: Notes and Quotes
5: Common Problems in Academic Writing
6: Evaluating an Academic Essay for Credit
7. Other Academic Writing Assignments