The US military's Operations Order (OPORD) can be traced to the simple, five-section combat orders written by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus, the 17th Century general who founded the Swedish Empire. British historian B.H. Liddell Hart writes in "Great Captains Unveiled":
Gustavus' orders are a model of which a modern staff officer might be proud, the paragraphs numbered, each short, crisp, and ebmodying one specific point; the whole in a logical sequence that is reminiscent of modern practice--information as to the enemy, intention of the commander, and method of execution first, then administrative arrangements, and finally inter-communication.
Though Adolphus issued such orders to fight set-piece battles in the 17th Century, modern armies have used the OPORD to plan all sorts of events--from air assaults to picnics.
Recently, invoking doctrine, military organizations the world over have taken to issuing a daily or weekly "fragmentary order", or "FRAGO", to disseminate routine administrative information. Thus, Gustavus Adolphus' simple orders for conducting linear battles have evolved into, well, this:
BURGER KING IMPROVED CUSTOMER SERVICE
Purpose.To expedite customer service of [redacted] Burger King Eatery during lunch hours.Task to Subordinate Units: See Coordinating Instructions.
Coordinating Instructions.Please know what menu item or value meal number being purchased as soon as possible.Have money ready.Please have one person speak at a time.Know what size value meal (if applicable).Know what kind of drink you desire.Be courteous to eatery staff.The POC for this information is the restaurant manager, [redacted].
Wait a second, this isn't in the FM 3-0.
Doctrine Man, please help us!