Figure 8-6.-Sample point paper.
sample point paper shown in figure 8-6 is a common
a problem. It requires thorough research and analysis.
The solution should be based on progressive logic rather
than argument. Subjective opinions, when expressed,
should be the result of careful consideration and should
A staff study is a formal report that presents a precise
be labeled as opinions by the author.
yet brief description of a problem and a recommended
This study can be presented in three patterns: a
solution. As its name implies, a staff study is customarily
single best possible solution, a combination of possible
prepared by a commanders staff. Although senior
solutions, or a single possible solution.
enlisted personnel do not commonly write staff studies,
as a senior or master chief, you should be familiar with
This manual only presents enough information to
their purpose and basic construction.
introduce you to staff studies. Detailed information on
A staff study should be used to present a commander
the form and content of a staff study can be found in
or decision maker with a complete, compact solution to
Naval Operational Planning NWP-11 (Rev. C).