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MEMORANDUM FOR Director of Military Personnel Management, Office of the Deputy
Chief of Staff G-1, 300 Army Pentagon, Washington, DC 20310-0300

SUBJECT: Field After Action Report – Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Regular Army (RA) and Army
Reserve Active Guard Reserve (AGR) Sergeant First Class (SFC) Promotion Board

1. References.
a. AR 600-8-19, Enlisted Promotions and Reductions, dated 18 December 2015.
b. Department of the Army Pamphlet 600-25.
c. DAPE-MPE-PD, Memorandum of Instruction (MOI) dated 21 April 2016, Subject:
Instructions for the FY16 RA/USAR AGR SFC Promotion Board.

2. General: The Fiscal Year 2016 (FY16) Regular Army (RA) and Army Reserve Active
Guard Reserve (AGR) Sergeant First Class (SFC) Promotion Board convened at the
DA Secretariat, Fort Knox, Kentucky on 1 June 2016, to select the best qualified
noncommissioned officers for the purpose of promotion to Sergeant First Class. Also,
the board selected eligible candidates for involuntary separation from active duty in
accordance with references 1a and 1c above. The board also screened packets on
Soldiers referred to it under the Stand-By Advisory Board (STAB) process.

3. Board Issues and Observations.
a. Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report (NCOER) – rater and senior rater comments.

(1) Discussion: The new NCOER provided the board members a better
understanding of the NCO’s overall performance and potential. The rater and senior
rater comments were utilized to help identify the best qualified NCOs for promotion.
The use of clear enumeration by the senior rater provided the board with a strong word
picture of where the NCO stood in the population, e.g. “1 of 5”. Senior rater
enumeration without explaining the population was less helpful to board members and
provided a vague, less useful word picture. Board members viewed several NCOERs
with inconsistent rater and senior rater comments (e.g. rater assessed as Fully Capable
and senior rater assessed as a 2/1 or 1/1). Board members found these inconsistencies in
comments to be difficult to interpret without additional clarification from the reviewer.

(2) Recommendation: Continue to educate the force on the new NCOER.
Ensure all leaders understand the importance of clear, concise statements and the
value of enumerating the NCO. Raters and senior raters should utilize the evaluation
tool to differentiate the NCOs who deserve to be promoted. Terms like “promote ahead
of peers” are omnipresent and do little to assist board members in determining the
quality of the NCO. The evaluation should remain a neutral, unbiased record of
performance and potential, and inclusive of direct language to identify the NCOs who
will lead Soldiers in the future. The chain of command should reference AR 623-3 and
DA Pam 623-3 to ensure evaluations are written correctly.

b. Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report (NCOER) – Soldier refuses to sign.
(1) Discussion: NCOs who refused to sign their evaluations were regarded less
favorably by board members. Signature on the evaluation indicates the NCO has
confirmed the administrative data is correct. The board concluded many NCOs may
believe that not signing is a way of protesting or appealing the evaluation.

There is more information so please read the full SFC Board AAR.

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