POINT PAPER ON
FORMAL POINT PAPER FORMAT
Statement or description of topic. Type PROBLEM three lines from title.
A summary of what has transpired to date. Block paragraph(s).
A summary of what remains to be done. Indented, numbered paragraphs.
1. There are formal and informal point papers. Formats are not universal, but this is a sample
of a formal point paper used by some major commands.
2. Prepare on 8- x 10 1/2-inch plain bond paper.
3. Center the subject or title in underscored capital letters approximately 1 inch from the top
4. Place security classification and markings (if any) in accordance with security regulations.
5. Use l-inch margins on top, right and bottom of page; use 1 1/4-inch margin on the left.
Double-space all lines.
6. Use appropriate language to permit use of the paper for oral delivery without considerable
paraphrasing, deletion and substitution. Write points in a brief, telegraphic style.
7. Formal point papers normally contain the five unnumbered headings you see underlined.
8. Point papers are written briefs prepared to jog the memory of managers during oral
presentations; they are based on the assumption the intended user has knowledge of the subject.
They may be used in conjunction with a background paper when detailed background on a subject
Point papers are outline guidance papers concisely stating facts and giving a series of reminders.
Point papers should do the following:
1. Point out areas of disagreement.
2. Include areas of agreement.
3. Be limited to as few pages as possible.
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Figure 1-13.-Formal point paper format.