Posted on Dec 30, 2020
1LT Biochemistry
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Is SR's comment "Top 15% of all officers/NCOs I have worked with... promote ahead of peers" good enough to be on par with someone getting a top block?

Should it be lower than 15%? 10%? 5%?. Technically, the top block is given to the 49% top officers the SR is currently rating, but commenting "CPT Does is top 49% of all the CPTs I have worked with..." or even top 30% just seem pretty bad. Same goes for NCOER.. I feel like even "top 24% of all SFCs I have worked with" doesn't seem that great.

So what should be that percentage that could make up to be on par with someone getting the top block?
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SFC(P) Arng Lnco
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Sir, I would say that the “promote ahead” alone doesn’t put that HQ in the same consideration as a strong MQ rating. Promote immediately, or as soon as eligible briefs stronger in my opinion. I do know that on the NCOER side HQDA has recommended steering away from the “top xx%” in favor of enumeration in regards to current SR population, ie “1 of 7 I currently senior rate”
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MAJ Future Plans And Programs Officer, G 43
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One correction, it’s not restricted to the top 49% the Senior Rater is currently rating, it’s over the lifetime of the officer. That’s what LTC and above desire a General Officer as a Senior Rater. When you’ve rated 50-100 LTC/COL and if you e managed your profile well, you’ll have room to take care of your best people. Senior Raters have a hard job, they have to measure the officers/NCO they SR against the current peer population and against those they have served with over the course of their career. If you don’t agree with the 15% comment, you need to address it with your SR and give him or her the merits of your case. But as a 1LT, it will be hard to convince a LTC/COL that your evaluation is more accurate than theirs. Trust me, if your SR wrote that you are in the Top 15% of all LTs he/she has worked with, then they probably mean that. 15% is not the kiss of death, but it’s a “middle of the road” MQ. I’d ask your SR what a top 5% officer looks like? How do you get there. Percents are great when the population the SR evaluates is small (less than 5). If he/she SR 10 LT, then getting a Top 3 or #1 would set you apart. I assume that is going to be a challenge since you are MS and a 71B. Not a great deal of leadership opportunity in that AOC. Good luck LT.
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COL Kelly Hines
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Top 15% of "all officers I have worked with" with a MQ is good, especially for a LT.

You have to look at the enumerator: "Top 15% of 500 officers I have rated or senior rated", "among the top 2 platoon leaders I have senior rated" "my best company commander, top 1% officer, and 1st pick for BN CMD" etc. I generally tended to enumerate "among the top 5 officers I have known in my 34 years of service" or "one of the top 2warrant officers I have seen in my 28 years as an aviator" if it was one of my best guys/future Battalion Commander etc. A lower level MQ would get a %, generally 10-15%. As a senior rater, I kept my profile around 30% and took my vote seriously as it was helping decide the future leadership that would replace me. Everyone is not an MQ officer. Unfortunately not all SR adhere to this idea (gives everyone a HQ then an MQ, or does not manage their profile well) and then you have the ones that can't write...so there is a little bit of luck and timing involved...

I always recommend talking with your rater to see what their ideas are (their vote counts with the SR) , and also get an inbrief/outbrief with your SR so you can get an idea of their philosophy.

Lot of rambling, hope that helped.
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