SHARP Essay Guidelines
You will write a two-page (maximum) essay addressing actual SHARP issues from your environment – unit, organization, or Army – and making recommendations on how all leaders at all levels can implement potential solutions.
Title: “Why does the number of sexual assaults continue to increase throughout your unit/organization/Army?”
I. Introduction (1-2 paragraphs)
A. Opening statement (This is going to be your hook. This is where you hook your reader and have them wanting to read more.)
B. Background information (This is where you can give background information on the SHARP program. This can count as one of your references).
C. Purpose statement (This is your thesis statement. This should be the last sentence of your introductory paragraph and should consist of 3 main points that you will cover in seperate paragraphs below. Ensure that points are listed in the order that you will present them. Meaning if your first paragraph is about alcohol then that will be the first point mentioned in your thesis statement.
II. Body (3-4 paragraphs)
A. (Point A) Why does sexual assault occur? Include supporting evidence.
B. (Point B) Does our current approach to training reduce (or not reduce) the risk of sexual assault and harassment? (Could be tied to point A)
C. (Point C) Supporting topic & evidence to support your thesis.
D. (Point D) How do we end sexual violence in the military?
III. Conclusion (1-2 paragraphs) (Your last/fifth paragraph)
A. Summarize the main points. (This is just a brief 1-2 sentence summary where you reiterate your 3 main points.)
B. Make a strong, memorable final statement. (Close out your essay with a sentence that corresponds with the message you were trying to convey throughout your essay. This final statement DOES NOT have to relate to your 3 main points.)
• Essay must be 1-2 pages in length (title page does not count as a page).
• Essay is an individual activity (although peer editing is allowed).
• Essay must contain two references (ARs, personal interviews, peer review articles, etc.).