Specifically, the NCOER will come in three versions tailored to three levels of rank, or grade plates:
- Department of the Army Form 2166-9-1 for E-5s - with focus on "direct-level" proficiency rating.
- DA Form 2166-9-2 for E-6 to E-8 with focus on "organizational-level" expertise.
- DA Form 2166-9-3 for E-9s with focus on "strategic-level" competency.
David Griffee, chief of the Evaluations Branch at HRC, said a fourth benefit of the new NCOER will be
getting leaders "talking to their people, telling them how they're doing and providing effective feedback."
That will result in leaders "being able to coach, teach and mentor what right looks like. As the Army
executes the counseling in a better manner, we think we should see improvement in performance
across the board," he said.
Griffee said that since Soldiers are counseled about what's expected of them near the start of the
reporting period, and at intervals throughout the reporting period, there should be no surprises when
the final report is made.
Leaders have a responsibility too, he said.
"Leaders should take the time to develop their rating philosophy so they are familiar with what most
qualified looks like in actions, competencies and in performance," Griffee suggested. "Once you have
your rating philosophy, stick to it."
TRAINING FOR NCOER
McDermid said train-the-trainer training for the new NCOER began in April at HRC, followed by
sessions on Fort Jackson, South Carolina. That effort led to about 600 certified train-the-trainers who
fanned out across all commands and components.
Training is also available online for those who've been unable to meet with a certified trainer, he said.
"We highly encourage Soldiers to review it." Detailed training modules have been posted to the HRC
Evaluations Branch website as well as S1NET and are available for download on DVIDS.
One other change Soldiers will see on the new NCOER form will be the use of Department of Defense
identification, or DoDID, numbers in place of social security numbers. The DoDID, which appears on
Soldiers' Common Access Cards, is being phased in as part of the federal government's effort to
remove social security numbers from as many documents as possible, Griffee said.
New Army NCOER to eliminate evaluation inflation
WASHINGTON (Army News Service) -- On Jan. 1, the Army will have a new tool to
promote, retain and assign its noncommissioned officers, or NCOs: an upgraded
NCO Evaluation Report, or NCOER.
The current NCOER, which has been in use since 1987, is "outdated, highly inflated
and too generic, meaning one NCOER fits all NCOs, regardless of rank, position or
level of responsibility," said Sgt. Maj. Stephen McDermid, Evaluations, Selections
and Promotions Division sergeant major at Human Resources Command, or HRC,
on Fort Knox, Kentucky.
The new NCOER will address four key areas:
First, the new NCOER will capture "attributes and competencies" from Army
Doctrine Publication 6-22 "Army Leadership," he said. That means the evaluation
will align with the Army's effort to meet the challenges of an increasingly complex
and uncertain environment by requiring NCOs to take on greater levels of
responsibility, with increasing levels of skills and competencies.
A second important aspect of the new NCOER is that it will "enforce rating official
accountability through the use of two new assessment tools, which is the rater
tendency and the senior rater profile," McDermid said, meaning that senior raters will
be limited to the number of Soldiers they deem "most qualified."
In a nutshell, this will address one of the biggest drawbacks of the current NCOER:
inflation, or the tendency of raters to rate most or all of their Soldiers at the highest
levels. The current practice makes it nearly impossible to separate stellar performers
from average or good performers, he said.
Third, the new NCOER will take into take into account increasing levels of
responsibility as Soldiers progress through the NCO ranks, McDermid said.
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