The classification is determined by the most sensitive data in the observation. Classification cannot be changed by anyone other than the originator.
This identifies an operation, exercise, training or experiment to which the observation is related, e.g. ISAF, CWID, Ex Steadfast Joist, etc.
The date the observation took place.
The field defines the main issue or problem to which the observation is related. Try to limit each observation to a single problem or issue.
A short description of what happened. Enter a short factual description of the observed issue or problem and the results of dealing with it. This statement can be positive (i.e. something that worked well) or negative (i.e. something happened that should not have or something did not happen that should have). Details should be presented in the discussion paragraph. Try to limit each observation to a single problem or issue.
The discussion explains why it happened. Reasons for success or failure are mentioned, and the circumstances are discussed. The discussion amplifies the observation statement and answers the ‘who, what, where, when, why and how’ questions about the observation. Explain in detail the actions taken to work around a problem. If a problem could not be solved explain why. Do not repeat data.
The conclusion is a statement which completes the observation and discussion. The conclusion is derived in a logical manner from the different aspects described in the discussion and it should provide a concise summary of the situation observed. Details should not be present. Try to limit each observation to a single problem or issue.
This field should provide explicit recommendations to solve the problem, identifying exactly what needs to be changed and how this should be done. Make a statement on how to repeat your success or how to correct the problem and who should make the correction. This may require new or modified publications, procedures, procurement of new equipment, change of the force structure, revision of command relationships, improved training, etc. Do not restate the observation or any other paragraph.
Point of Contact
John Varmark Jakobsen Lieutenant Colonel
(OF4, DNK A)