The PAO or the senior journalist normally writes a
point paper. The actual style of your point papers may
A point paper (also called a talking or issue paper)
vary, depending on the preference of your boss. Some
is a concise document that provides capsulized
commands will have an instruction or notice on their
comments for use during a meeting or conference. It can
also serve as a memory tickler or a quick-reference
outline for a superior (usually the CO), or as a suitable
There are two varieties of point papers. Figure 1-12
study guide for the CO to use in preparing for a press
is the informal point paper format, and figure 1-13 is the
formal point paper format.
POINT PAPER ON
PREPARATION OF INFORMAL POINT PAPERS
A point paper is a concise document that provides succinct comments for use during a meeting
Usually prepared by an action officer or staff member for a superior.
Serves as a memory tickler or quick reference outline.
Point papers are good study guides for a commander to use in preparing for press conferences
where a number of areas may be discussed.
Normally prepared in outline form and may use telegraphic wording rather than complete
Style depends on users knowledge of subject and desires.
Formats vary, but this example illustrates one of the most popular.
Uses dashes before major points; further indent subordinate points.
Use the one-dash, two-dash, three-dash sequence.
Double-spaced between points, and try to keep it to one page.
Avoid chronologies and masses of statistics.
You may write a background paper to accompany a point paper, if needed.
Think of what the user will say; include the key facts.
Figure 1-12.-Informal point paper format.