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Can my chain of command force me to change my recommendation?

A Squad Leader is being "strongly encouraged" (nearly forced) by 1SG and CSM to change critical comments in a subordinate's performance evaluation form (NGB 4101-1-R) and pad the points so they seem more favorable towards the subordinate Soldier. SL does not agree with changing any comments or points. What does the SL do?

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You can find the specifics for this issue in AR 600-8-19. Forcing someone to change a rating is unacceptable unless that rating is not fair or not in compliance with regulatory requirements. However, the Squad leader needs to have an open mind in this matter. I would encourage the Squad leader to look at this from the senior leader’s perspective so that the Squad leader can arrive at an objective decision based on the facts. When the Squad leader does this the leaders usually do not have any room to move because he was objective in his analysis of the issue.

posted on 09/02/2011 under Q&A
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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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