Letters of Recommendation
One of the hardest things to write are letters of recommendation. There are so many variables. Am I being too informal? Too formal? Too wordy? Or not specific enough? There is so much riding on the outcome that it's easy to get lost in the details. Maybe these examples will help.
1. Please accept this letter as my strongest possible personal recommendation for Intelligence Specialist First Class Name be accepted for commissioning as a Naval Officer - if you have only one selection, ISl Name is your pick!
2. I have the opportunity to observe IS1 Name in action here in *region*. An extraordinary Petty Officer, she continues to demonstrate the maturity, leadership, and dedication we seek in our officer corps. You will not find a more impressive candidate - none! Promoted to First Class Petty Officer during her first month at *UNIT*, she has not looked back. Our "subject matter expert" on the countries of *country* and *country*, she is an articulate analyst and a polished briefer, providing numerous updates to the Commanding General and the entire *unit* leadership team. Confident, poised, and professional.
3. Engaged and active across the staff, Petty Officer Name has devoted herself to self improvement,taking on leadership positions usually filled by more senior non-commissioned officers. Performing brilliantly as the LPO of her CPO 365 ship, she has also volunteered as a Command Fitness Leader and Command Foreign Disclosure Representative. Setting an outstanding example, everyone on the staff knows Petty Officer Name!
4. l could go on-and-on, but I am confident a review of her record will prove she has all the tools to excel as a Naval Officer. I look forward to welcoming Ensign Name into the officer wardroom and have no doubt she will serve the intelligence community, our navy, and our nation with pride and zeal. If I can provide any additional information, please don't hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Airman Armstrong has my strongest possible recommendation for selection to the Dive Medical Technician/Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Program. Standing a cut above his peers, he is a prime example of the Navy Core Values, a superior leader, manager, and organizer, who exhibits virtually unlimited potential. Airman Armstrong's appearance both on and off duty is a model for junior Sailors to emulate. He is guaranteed to excel as a member of the Corpsman Community.
1. Petty Officer Armstrong serves the Navy above and beyond the call of duty through her expert and skilled leadership of both her peers and junior Sailors alike. She requires no rudder as she consistently demonstrates exceptional leadership and unrivaled determination in helping NIOC Norfolk to achieve its mission.
2. Building upon the foundation of Sailorization, she provides directional insight for her junior Sailors to successfully navigate through the challenges and early stages of their Naval careers. As a poised intelligence professional, Petty Officer Armstrong was hand-selected among a group of highly competitive peers to represent her work center in briefing the quarterly Cyber threat briefs to the highest levels of command leadership.
This letter is my personal recommendation for Petty Officer Bingham. Until just recently, I have been Bingham's immediate supervisor for several years. I found her to be consistently pleasant, tackling all assignments with dedication and a smile.
Besides being a joy to work with, LS3 is a take-charge person whose leadership and organizational skills have been invaluable to the unit. Though she was an asset to our unit, LS3 was also extraordinarily helpful in other areas of the NOSC. I highly recommend Petty office Bingham for the FTS program. She is a team player and would make a great asset to any organization.
This letter is my personal recommendation for Justin's Gersner's enlistment in the United States Navy. He is extremely intelligent, loyal, dependable and will be a great asset to whatever rate and/or rank he desires to achieve.
As he has proved in his current employment, he is a very quick learner, has achieved a supervisory position in a short period of time and shows leadership abilities which will serve the Navy well. Personally, I've come to think of Justin as a friend because of strong moral character, his devotion to his family and friends, his sense of responsibility and duty and I hope for that he decides to become a member of our family by becoming our son-in-law.
In conclusion, it would serve the interest of the United State Navy to seriously consider Justin Gersner's enlistment in becoming a member of your branch.