I am applying to Navy Officers Candidate School, and two of the men that I have petitioned for letters of recommendation have requested that I write my own letter of rec., and email it to them for their final approval and signature. Now from my understanding, this is quite common. My question is, do you have any tips for writing your own letter of recommendation? Also, are there any active duty or retired members of the Armed Services that have any tips as to what the military is seeking in a letter of recommendation?

I appreciate the help!

-Evan

Views: 340

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

My Boss did the same thing to me when I was looking at going back to school.  My suggestion is to look up the write up about the school's program and what they are looking for.  Then address the aspects of you that related to that write up.  Include factual quantitative statements to back up any qualitative statements.  

 

I can only speak from the Air Force side of things, but what we have for writing is a document called the Tongue and Quill that outlines how to do professional writing. My guess is that the Navy has a similar document that you could probably find online. 

In general, the advice I would give is pretty simple: Don't add fluff, and keep it direct. When talking about your awards or accomplishments, say what you did, who you did it with, and what the results were. The military is looking for the "whole person" to be an officer. So mention your achievements in your academics, athletics, and community. If you don't have direct leadership experience, talk about when you've been an active follower. 

Your goal is to paint a picture of yourself as a potential officer in a clear, specific, concise manner. 

Best of luck at getting into OCS!

Thanks for your input. I think I underestimated the extent to which these men would alter my letters. While I provided them both with relatively complete letters, the end result was drastically different and better than the original letters that I had drafted. I'm confident that my application package is strong, now only time will tell if I'm accepted into the program!

RSS

Latest Activity

Matthew Green joined thehuhman's group
Thumbnail

AoM PhotoGroup

Alright, all of you budding and seasoned photographers out there. Here's your official AoM Group. Let's do ourselves proud, by becoming the largest group here!See More
1 hour ago
Matthew Green commented on Will Maurer's group Scouts & Scouters
"Many years ago when I was a kid I joins the Boy Scouts. I regret not sticking with it. I was considering volunteering, maybe as a Assistant Scout Master. My only concern is that I am not a very spiritual/religious person. I know that religion is a…"
1 hour ago
Profile IconMatthew Green and Matthew Chase Heslop joined Will Maurer's group
Thumbnail

Scouts & Scouters

For Boy scouts & those involved with scouting as volunteersSee More
1 hour ago
Shane replied to Pale Horse's discussion General Election 2016 in the group The Great Debate
"You ever gonna get around to explaining yourself, or just keep attacking?"
1 hour ago
Matthew Green commented on Nolan Poulson's group The Barbershop
"I live in Charlotte, NC and I've been looking for a honest to god barber shop with not luck. I'm sick of the, what I call, fast food places (Great Clips, Super Cuts, ect.). I have found a good mens saloon but it's not quite the same.…"
1 hour ago
John Muir replied to Pale Horse's discussion General Election 2016 in the group The Great Debate
"You've got a lot in common with Trump. No understanding of nuance in conversation."
1 hour ago
Matthew Green joined Nolan Poulson's group
Thumbnail

The Barbershop

It's just seems natural that Art of Manliness should have a barbershop group.  My intent of this group is to gather and share general thoughts and experiences concerning barbershops. Anything from a good barbershop that you have found  to pictures and stories of shops you have visited to discussing anything barbershop.  See More
1 hour ago
Shane replied to Pale Horse's discussion General Election 2016 in the group The Great Debate
"If that's the case you're in luck. Clinton said everyone is a bigot."
1 hour ago

© 2016   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service