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Bullet Statements with Impact. Importance of Effective Bullets What is a Bullet Statement? Writing Effective Bullets Examples. OVERVIEW. Impact on careers! Primary Use. Importance of Effective Bullets. Impact on Careers. Quarterly/Annual Awards Performance Reports

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overview
Importance of Effective Bullets

What is a Bullet Statement?

Writing Effective Bullets

Examples

OVERVIEW
impact on careers
Impact on Careers
  • Quarterly/Annual Awards
  • Performance Reports
  • EPRs, OPRs, Civilian Appraisals (CAs)
  • Regular Promotions
  • Early Promotions--STEP/BTZ
  • Meaningful Decorations
primary use
You…during training

You…for your OPR

You…as a supervisor

Others in the EPR/OPR/CA writing process

Primary Use
what is a bullet statement
What is a Bullet Statement?
  • Definition: “bullet”
  • Elements of an A-I Bullet
  • Example
definition bullet
Definition: “Bullet”
  • Brief “bottom line” of an idea
  • Accomplishment (action) + impact
    • EPRs
    • OPRs
    • Award packages (Form 1206)

Single idea bullet

Accomplishment-impactbullet

Note: Bullet statements are usually descriptive phrases

elements of an a i bullet
Elements of an A-I Bullet

Accomplishment: (1st element)

  • What did the person do? (performance, leadership, & mgmt)
  • How well did the person do it?
  • What was the result? (resources, effectiveness, efficiency)

Example:

- Restored 40 damaged/missing elements on six antennas in three days using decommissioned parts; saved $3479

elements of an a i bullet1
Elements of an A-I Bullet

Impact: (2nd element)

  • What level was impacted? (unit, wing, base, AF)
  • Why was accomplishment important?

Example:

-- Sharply improved voice clarity for 30 Atlantic Gateway Antenna System operators covering US and Europe

ex complete a i bullet
Ex: Complete A-I Bullet

- Restored 40 damaged/missing elements on six antennas in 3 days using decommissioned parts; saved $3479 -- Sharply improved voice clarity of 30 Atlantic Gateway Antenna System operators covering US and Europe

  • What did the person do?
  • How well did the person do it?
  • What was the result?
  • What level was impacted?
  • Why was accomplishment important? So What?

Each bullet must answer these questions!

ex complete bullet short version
Ex: Complete Bullet“Short Version”

- Successfully restored 40 damaged elements on six antennas in 3 days

-- Sharply improved voice clarity of 30 system operators and saved $3479

  • using decommissioned parts
  • Atlantic Gateway Antenna
  • covering US and Europe

Minimum requirements for a short version bullet statement:

  • Accomplishment
  • Impact
ex complete bullet shorter version
Ex: Complete Bullet“Shorter Version”

- Restored six antennas in three days, improved voice clarity; saved $3,479

  • using decommissioned parts
  • Atlantic Gateway Antenna
  • covering US and Europe
  • Successfully
  • 40 damaged elements
  • Sharply
  • 30 operators

Minimum requirements for a short version bullet statement:

  • Accomplishment
  • Impact
writing effective bullets
Documentation

Format

Writing Tips

Special Bullets

Writing Effective Bullets
documentation
Keep a daily record of duties

Keep a daily record of additional duties

Keep letters, e-mails, or comments of recognition or appreciation

Keep record of completed training

or education

Keep a record of any voluntary service to military or community

Crunch the numbers (# produced, # hours saved, $ saved, # people involved)

Documentation
format
Format

Size/Length of Bullets

  • 1 – 3 lines

Sub-bullets describe impact, result, or scope

  • Minimize “white space” (but don’t fill with fluff!)
  • Avoid carrying a few words to next line—

Don’t waste space…

- XXX XXX XXXXX XXX XXXX

-- XXX XXX XXX XXX XXXXX

-- XXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXX

- AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

-- AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

- YYY YYYYY YYY YYY

- ZZZZ ZZZZZ ZZZZZ ZZZZZ

- VVVV VVV VVVV VVVVVV

VVVV

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Format
  • Bullets don’t have periods “.”
  • Use “!” sparingly
  • Avoid: articles--a, an, the conjunctions--and, but, or pronouns--he, she, him, her
  • Avoid: negative words--isn’t, can’t
  • To indicate a pause, use:

double dash (--) ellipsis (…) semicolon (;)

writing tips
Start with a strong,

fact-filled statement

Use “hard-hitting” facts, actions,

and phrases

Be enthusiastic; make your writing come alive!

Look at other EPRs/OPRs/CAs for same position

Writing Tips
writing tips1
Use common terms

Avoid job-specific jargon

Validate with comments from outside agencies (HQ USAF, MAJCOM, Wing, etc.)

Writing Tips
verbs with
Verbs with

Writing Tips

Punch

Revamped, rescued

Pioneered, initiated

Created, built, conceived

Spearheaded, piloted

Recaptured, recouped

Captured, garnered

Briefed, presented

Instead of ...Say ...

Improved………….

Started……………

Made………………

Led………………..

Saved ($)…………

Received (award)..

Spoke ……………..

verbs with1
Verbs with

Writing Tips

Punch

Use active voice – not passive

“smooth transition was achieved”

“achieved smooth transition”

“patient’s life was saved”

“saved patient’s life”

“10 students were taught”

“educated 10 students”

adverbs with
Adverbs with

Writing Tips

Punch

  • explain how a task was accomplished
  • use only if it truly adds value to the verb

enthusiastically proactively

expertly shrewdly

independently single-handedly

strategically flawlessly

meticulously selflessly

adjectives with
Adjectives with

Writing Tips

Punch

  • use only if they add value
  • use to describe the worker

dynamic talented visionary

decisive motivated inspirational

versatile proactive dynamic

high-output expedient expert

inexhaustible

lead ins with
Lead-ins with

Writing Tips

Punch

  • Use sparingly; takes up space
  • Followed with a fact or accomplishment

Hard charger “Go to” person

Leader of the pack Pacesetter

Point-person Shining star

Quality champion Community advocate

Visionary Trailblazer

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Special Bullets

  • Last bullet in rating section recommends:
    • Promotion (enlisted)
    • PME (officer)
  • Stratification:
    • Use to rank top personnel
    • Sets individual above his/her peers
    • Common phrases: top x%, my #1, my best, hard-hitting, enthusiastic, strong
  • Ex: - #2 of 312 CGOs in 90 SW
  • - Top 1% of captains in 20 AF
4a example
4a. Example

- Piloted annual Combined Federal Campaign

-- Contacted 100% of personnel in 5 days

and reached 14% of monetary goal

  • Good
    • What did the person do?
    • How well did the person do it?
    • What was the result?
    • What level was impacted?
    • Why was accomplishment important? So What?
4b example
4b. Example

- Created an ISD reference library

-- provided a ready source of

information for all element members

Good and Poor

What did the person do? Good

How well did the person do it? So-so

What was the result? So-so

What level was impacted? Yes, not impressive

Why was accomplishment important? So What?

4c example
4c. Example

Last Bullet from Senior Rater:

- Extraordinary leader achieves

unparalleled results; SOS in

residence at first opportunity

Great

Stratification from commander for promotion and officer PME. Perfect for last bullet.

4d example
4d. Example

- Requires constant supervision;

sets low personal standards

and then consistently fails to

achieve them

Poor

summary
Importance of Effective Bullets

What is a Bullet Statement?

Writing Effective Bullets

Exercises

SUMMARY
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Remember, in the highly competitive promotion arena, written communication is the only tool we have.

Gen Eugene Habiger (Ret)

CINC, US Strategic Command

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