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Ranking Your Soldiers for Evaluation Reports (NCOERs and OERs)

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Rank Your Subordinates

Ranking is a process you can use to document your initial or gut feelings about your team’s performance. It is very important that you do not rely solely on this initial process because the initial ranking is subjective (rather than objective) in nature.

So how do you begin to rank your team? Let’s say you have ten subordinates. Most supervisors in this situation should be able to quickly determine their top three performers and their bottom three performers. Again, at this point you are working off of your initial reactions and your gut instincts. By identifying these six people, you’ve also created an “everyone else” group. These four are your satisfactory performers. Your list may look something like the one below:

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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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