The assignment is to write a 500-1000 word (2-4 page) opinion paper answering one of the questions below.
Question: Does preparation for success against irregular threats aid the Marine Corps’ ability to fight and win a major war against a near-peer competitor or is it a detriment? Why?
Although you must cite any sources used to support your
ideas, this is an opinion paper that does not require the use of outside sources. Use original
thought; analyze the topic with the knowledge you have gained in the course and through your
The Essay is an
academic endeavor—that is, it should maintain the third person point-of-view (see bullet below), use
grammatical sentences, and take an engaging position. In essence, Essay should prove
how well you understand the topic and the course material; and it must do so with original thought, not
with layers of book quotes or paraphrasing.
As you write your essay, you will enhance your critical thinking skills: your ability to approach a topic
from a unique standpoint, to form a position based on your experience and the knowledge you gained
from the course, to consider alternatives to your position, and to make a logical conclusion.
Use the following stylistic rules for writing your Essay:
• The format requirements are 1” margins, double-spaced text, and 12-point Times New
• Have a thesis statement. Typically, this is found at the end of your introductory paragraph;
this statement lays out the core of your position on the topic. (See the Developing a Thesis
Statement documents in the Writing Center.)
• Your position should consider all sides of the argument. Essays that take unwavering
extreme stances will alienate your reader.
• Primarily use third person point-of-view (POV). Third person includes he, she, it, they, him,
her, them, his, her, hers, their, and theirs; all nouns and indefinite pronouns are third person.
Although switching POVs within an academic essay is not normally done, the Essay makes one exception: You may switch to first person point-of-view when using a
personal experience that is essential to your argument. First person includes I, we, me, us,
my, mine, our, and ours. (See “Point-of-View” under the Writing Issues button in the
• As a rule of thumb, use three types of paragraphs: an introductory paragraph,
supporting/body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph.
• Use original thought. You must analyze the topic with the knowledge you have gained in
the course and through your life experiences.
• Finally, give yourself time to revise your essay. Too many grammatical mistakes will
obscure your points.
The essay needs to be on the same document as the Coversheet doc.