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What is a thesis statement?

A thesis statement clearly identifies the article’s topic, includes discussion points, and is written for the NCO Journal audience. It belongs at the end of your lead or introduction. Use it to generate interest in your topic and encourage your audience to continue reading.

The thesis statement:

  • Narrows the topic down to a specific focus.

  • Establishes a direction.

  • Points forward to the conclusion.

  • Takes a stand and justifies further discussion.

Think of the thesis statement as a complete sentence expressing your position. What’s the purpose of your article? Are you asking a question? Answering a question? Interpreting the subject? Making or disputing a point?

A thesis statement is not a statement of fact.

Your peers want to read something that engages them so you must write a thesis statement that is arguable, not factual. Do not write about statements of fact, they prevent you from demonstrating critical thinking and analytical skills.

To make your writing interesting, develop an arguable thesis statement. You may write to persuade others to see things your way or you may will simply want to give a strong opinion and lay out your case supporting it.


This article discusses ways in which expanded Soldier/NCO of the Month Boards can add dynamic challenges to better prepare Soldiers for future combat.

This article examines the importance of regular leadership engagement through counseling and mentoring and ends with a personal reflection over events that occurred with subordinates.

This article examines the challenges associated with IW, to include leader development and necessary changes, unit recognition and mitigation of high stress levels, and creating a shared understanding between allied nations to increase buy-in and mission success.

This article argues senior leaders must do more to prevent suicides by directly engaging junior enlisted Soldiers three levels down.