The purpose of the decision briefing is to obtain an answer or a decision. Personnel in higher headquarters use this briefing for most tactical matters requiring command decisions. In division headquarters and below, personnel often use a more informal modified decision briefing. The decision briefing compares to an oral staff study and generally follows the same format.
- Greeting. Use military courtesy, address the person(s) receiving the briefing, and identify yourself.
- Purpose. State that the purpose of the briefing is to obtain a decision and announce the problem statement.
- Procedure. Explain any special procedures such as a trip to outlying facilities or introduction of an additional briefer.
- Coordination. Indicate accomplishment of any coordination.
- Classification. State the classification of the briefing.
- Assumptions. Must be valid, relevant, and necessary.
- Facts Bearing on the Problem. Must be supportable, relevant, and necessary.
- Discussion. Analyze courses of action. Plan for smooth transition.
- Conclusions. Degree of acceptance or the order of merit of each course of action.
- Recommendation(s). State action(s) recommended. Must be specific, not a solicitation of opinion.
- Ask for questions.
- Request a decision.
- FOLLOW UP
- Note. If the chief of staff is not present after the briefing is over, the briefer must inform the staff secretary or executive officer of the commander’s decision.