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New Army NCOER on Hold for Another Year
FORT MEADE, Md. (Army News Service, June 5, 2015) -- The debut of the new
noncommissioned officer, or NCO, evaluation report, or NCOER, expected as a
cure for rating inflation, has been pushed to the new year.

During an Army birthday town hall meeting with Soldiers, June 4, Sgt. Maj. of the
Army, or SMA, Daniel A. Dailey said the new NCOER, which was originally slated
for release in October, would instead be pushed to 2016. The additional time will
allow for a fine-tuning of the process and procedures for tracking rater profiles to
ensure Soldiers have a fair chance at promotions and prevent rating inflation.

During the town hall meeting at Defense Media Activity here, Dailey answered
questions from more than 100 Soldiers in the audience. He also answered
questions, which came into the studio via social media, and via pre-recorded video
message from Soldiers throughout the world.
In terms of training military human resources specialists on how the new NCOER
will work - that training has already been completed, Dailey said. Those human
resources Soldiers will in turn train their units on how to use the new NCOER web
system and forms.

One of the biggest changes to the new NCOER, Dailey said, is that it introduces
rater accountability as a way to address the issue of rating inflation.

The NCOER was both "out of date" with Army doctrine and subject to rating
inflation, Dailey said. "We have to get at that. We have to make sure, that our
people we ask to run promotion boards, have the full capability to understand and
know who is best for promotion. This new NCOER is going to help do that."

Dailey said that for years, those who have rated Army officers have been held
accountable for how many they rate as being "the best." The new NCOER
introduces a similar concept for enlisted Soldiers.
SMA Dailey, New Army NCOER
Under the current NCOER, he said, "everybody in the Army had the potential to get a
number 1 block. In most cases, that's what happened."

When every Soldier is rated as the best, he said, it makes it difficult to decide who
gets promoted.

"With a rater profile, your rater is going to be limited on the total number '1 blocks'
they can give out," he said.

The new standard for Soldiers, he said, will be "fully qualified." Only those exceeding
the standard will be marked higher. He told Soldiers that those of them who rate "fully
qualified" will still be getting promoted.

"We are designing the system so that you can get promoted; you will get promoted if
the rest of your records are consistent with the good order and discipline of the U.S.
Army," he assured them.

Addressing a related question regarding promotions, the Dailey told Soldiers that one
thing they should be doing each month - something many Soldiers fail to do, and pay a
price for by not getting promoted - is ensure that their personnel records are
maintained and accurate.

"Later on in your career, when you get evaluated by a board, that's what your
representation is - your file," he said.

Dailey also said that there are some daily activities Soldiers can do to get a leg up on
promotion: physical training and education.

"Challenge yourself every day," he said. "It starts at 6 a.m. You can make a difference
as early as tomorrow morning. You can add points to your promotion standing just by
doing better at PT. One more push-up is one more point. One more sit-up is one more
point. And study hard, do your structured self-development."

The sergeant major acknowledged that as the Army draws down, there will be fewer
actual promotions, because there will be fewer Soldiers. But he said the Army still
needs to promote Soldiers to have the right leaders in the right positions. He said
Soldiers will still get promoted in the same percentage in order to ensure the Army
structure is maintained.

"As Soldiers transition and the need arises, the Army will continue to promote in
accordance with these needs," he said "We will continue to, and have to continue to
promote our Soldiers. Be persistent, do your best."
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