The NCOER is the NCO's report card, that could make you or break you. Do you think it's fair for you to do your best and recieve anything other than a 1/1from your rater while other subpar NCO's consistently write their own 1/1 NCOER's? Does this frustrate you?
Posted 8 y ago
Respectfully it's not my place to worry about what my peers reports cards are saying and although it can be frustrating to see someone whose a sub-par performer still get a 1/1 in time it will catch up to them. This year alone I have seen over 200 NCOERs, many of which I kicked back for not meeting quantifiable standards in the block they're marking excellence in. It's the reviewer and 1SG/CSM's responsibility to ensure integrity remains paramount!
NCOER's should not be written by the NCO. However at times NCO's have to take their careers in their own hands and write their NCOER"s because either their leaders are lazy or do not know how to write an NCOER. The NCOER is an integral component of the promotion process. Which is the reason NCO's do everything within their power to ensure they get a great NCOER. The NCOER will remain a controversial topic because it is the clearest snapshot of a soldier's performance to members of a promotion board and soldiers who want to get promoted will do whatever they have to do to level the playing field of inflated NCOER's. Because some soldiers do receive inflated evaluations because of cronyism.
The Senior NCO of the organization is responsible for ensuring fairness across the board. Now, I know that it's hard to ensure that there is equality across the force, but it is the Senior NCOs in the branch that should be mentoring the Bde/Bn CSMs to ensure we are all applying the same standards so that NCOERs can be objectively compared against each other.
Now, I do see a lot of NCOERs that the "ratings" are inflated, but when you read the bullets, the bullets aren't inflated. So, my job is to ensure that those two things match.
Now, as far as the board panel, it is very easy to tell who the 1/1s really are. Lot's of folks may be "rated" as a 1/1, but there bullets are far from it and it is very easy to tell who the true top performers are, regardless of the actual rating - it's all about the bullets.
And, it's not about the wordy, fluffy, long-word bullets - it is about communicating the impact in an efficient manner. Folks should spend more time learning how to write effectively.
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