What Goes Into a Military Letter of Recommendation?

A military letter of recommendation should include information about how the writer is connected to the person being recommended, demonstrate an understanding of the person's professional and academic experience, show a familiarity with the candidate's work goals and mention personal qualities that are relevant to a career in the military. The letter of recommendation should be geared toward the position the person is seeking, such as general duty, special duty or warrant officer.

Some qualities that the letter may address are the candidate's motivation, leadership skills, problem-solving skills, physical strength, interpersonal skills and level of responsibility. It can be helpful to look at the candidate's resume and the military job description to include the most appropriate qualities for the position and to explain how the candidate's background and experience will likely help him or her succeed in the military.