It may not look good for you to leave your NCOER unsigned. I would encourage you to ask your command to delay submission of your report until you are available to sign. They have significant time to complete the report as the report is not due at HQDA until 90 days after the thru date: see AR 623-3 para 1-4 b(15). You might want to ask them if they would like it if their report was sent forward without their signature. If you are an E-5, the impact on your record will most likely be minimal. If you are a SSG or above it could have a significant impact on your career.
If you are unable to persuade the command then the following actions would be prudent:
- Rater should enter: “Soldier unavailable for signature.”
- Senior Rater should enter: “Soldier unavailable for signature due to mission requirements.”
- Keep a copy of all counseling, emails, and any other information regarding this issue in case you need to submit an appeal in the future.
Here are a few extracts of AR 623-3 that might be of assistance. You might also want to review DAPAM 623-3.
Paragraph 1-4b(15) May establish local submission procedures that support the senior raters responsibility to ensure completed OER and NCOER arrive at HQDA no later than 90 calendar days after the THRU date of the report either in electronic or hard copy original (see app F for addresses). The importance of the evaluation report to many personnel actions, especially those involving DA selection boards, requires that this suspense be met.