#GEA 1: Writing Assignment 1Part 1.2 – Military Style MemorandumDUE: January 20 This assignment can be completed after completing chapter 1 of your textbook, and reading the documents provided for you in “Writing Assignment 1.1 Reading” assignment. The problem you will solve involves using soldier fatality data to determine an intervention strategy.Problem description. The United States military has been involved as a peace-keeping force in a humanitarian effort to prevent further genocide in the country of Pelagir. Many soldiers have died in this effort. The government has recently approved the use of emergency funds to improve the situation, but it is probable that only one initiative can be funded. The officer in charge of the theater of operations has asked you, a military engineer, to evaluate the situation and recommend a course of action to reduce the number of fatalities and enable the peace-keeping force to remain in place. Analyze the provided data regarding soldier fatalities in a one-month period and make a recommendation regarding what the government and military should do. Document: Complete this assignment as an Official Memorandum using the formatting rules in The Tongue and Quill Links to an external site.. Write your recommendation in the most compelling manner possible.Make sure that you have a statistical analysis Links to an external site.to support your recommendation.Write about your findings in a way that makes them meaningful to your audience Links to an external site.and relevant to your recommendation. Do not explain how calculations were completed, rather explain why your approach is valid, what understanding it provides in this specific situation and the result it provides. Use language that non-statisticians can understand.Use tables and/or graphs, in a way that communicates ideas effectively.Include your calculations as an addendum to the document.Audience: Any time you prepare a professional document, you should consider the audience Links to an external site.that you are writing the document for. You should tailor the content, language, tone, and structure of the document to the audience you are addressing. This document is being prepared for senior-level government and military members. Ask yourself what they can be reasonably expected to know about this topic, and what they need to know to make an informed decision. Address the memorandum to:The United States Secretary of Defense (primary addressee)The House of Representatives Defense SubcommitteeThe United States Senate Defense SubcommitteeTone: The Audience for this document requires that the styleLinks to an external site. is precise and professional.Utilize plain language when describing your analysis, as you cannot assume all readers will be statistically literate. However, there are also some who will understand statistics and will want to understand the statistical logic that you used to determine your recommendation.Start the document with a summary that readers can read to understand the essential elements of the document – the context of the issue, what is being examined and how, and the recommendation you will make.Develop the document around a direct, coherent message (thesis) Links to an external site.and clear evidence Links to an external site.to support it.Do not use contractions, slang or colloquialisms (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., clichés (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., abbreviations, or text message shortcuts.Data: Each number on the attached spreadsheet represents the cause of death of one soldier. The cause of death represented by each number is identified on the table below. Soldier Fatalities Data.xlsxData Coding: Cause of FatalityCodeStaph infection1Typhus2Cholera3Dysentery4Fragment wound5Burn wound 6Gunshot wound7Exploding ordnance wound 8Blood hemorrhage 9RubricSome Rubric (1)Some Rubric (1)CriteriaRatingsPtsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMemorandum Header is usedMemorandum header follows the rules set forth in The Tongue and Quill2.0 ptsMemorandum Header is done completely and correctly1.0 ptsThere is a Memorandum Header but it is not complete or correct0.0 ptsMemorandum header is poorly done or missing2.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMemorandum is laid out with a professional appearanceRefer to the rules for layout and the exemplars in The Tongue and Quill.2.0 ptsLayout is done in accordance with The Tonge and Quill rules1.0 ptsLayout does not follow all of The Tongue and Quill rules0.0 ptsLayout is poorly done or does not use The Tongue and Quill rules.2.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeA Recommendation is made2.0 ptsThe recommendation appears in both the introduction and conclusion1.0 ptsThe recommendation appears in either the introduction or the conclusion0.0 ptsA recommendation is not made or is not clear2.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAn analysis section is included that explains the logic of the analysis integrating the statistics with a plain language explanation.The analysis should explain the statistical logic in a way that both statistically literate readers and those unfamiliar with statistics can understand.2.0 ptsThe Analysis section is very well done.1.6 ptsAnalysis is above average1.4 ptsAnalysis is average1.2 ptsAnalysis is below average0.0 ptsAnalysis is missing or very poorly done2.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeTables and Charts are used effectivelyUse tables and charts to enable readers to see data, comparative data, and the significance of the data. Determine what information can be best understood in this way, and what format or graph makes the information most clear.2.0 ptsTables and/or graphs are used very well1.0 ptsTables and/or graphs are used, but may not be effective0.0 ptsNo tables or graphs are used2.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeAn addendum with statistical calculations is included2.0 ptsStatstics addendum is included0.0 ptsStatistical addendum is not included, or is incomplete or incorrect2.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThe assignment does not address the correct problem (minus 1 point)0.0 ptsNo Marks0.0 ptsThe problem addressed is not correct MINUS 1 point0.0 ptsThis criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeThe correct audience was not addressed (minus 1 point)0.0 ptsNo Marks0.0 ptsThe problem addressed is not correct MINUS 1 point0.0 pts
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