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When is it Appropriate for a Person Outside the Rating Chain to Rate a Soldier?

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While infrequent there are times in which it might be appropriate for an individual outside the normal rating chain or supervisory chain to rate a Soldier. Before taking such a step I would encourage the Commander to discuss the issue with JAG and/or the IG to ensure the chain of command is making the best possible decision given the specifics of the situation. The last thing a command needs is to foster an environment in which a Soldier that is not getting along with their Rater…can simply ask for another Rater. If after discussion with JAG, IG, and other members of the Chain of Command the Commander deems it appropriate to assign another Rater I would encourage the Commander to prepare a Memorandum for Record explaining why this action and/or actions were taken.

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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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