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Can I be rated by a leader that is junior to me by time in grade or date of rank?

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The Short Answer is “Yes”

IAW with AR 623-3 paragraph 2-5a which states: The Rater will normally be senior to the rated Soldier in grade or date of rank.

The keyword in this reference is normally This allows flexibility and the ability for a Junior Leader with regard to time in grade and/or date of rank to rate Senior Leader.


AR 623-3 paragraph 2-5c states: DA Form 2166–9 series rater eligibility. The military rater will be a SGT or above and senior to the rated NCO by grade or date of rank (see AR 600–20).

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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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