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Letters of recommendation are, for the most part, all alike: SSG Smith performed here and there as this and that and always did an outstanding job. The only challenge is in how to say it and how to include enough justification to make sure it gets approved. The real strength in a letter of recommendation lies with the credibility of the writer. And, whether your goal is to become a warrant officer or an astronaut, you must have the backing of your superiors –your rater, your Senior rater, or your Commander.