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Can A Senior Leader Force a Rater/Senior Rater to Change an Evaluation Report?

My evaluation report went up to battalion and the Battalion CSM kicked it back and directed my rater to make changes. A new evaluation report was brought to me for signature. Can the CSM make my rater change the evaluation report?

The Evaluator - Army Evaluation & Counseling Guide




AR 623-3 is very clear in this matter.  However let’s look at this situation from the CSM’s position.  Did the CSM make the rater change something significant…meaning removing a comment or changing a rating? If so this was most likely inappropriate.

On the other hand if the CSM was directing changes to ensure the report complied with the requirements of AR 623-3 and DA PAM 623-3 then his actions would be appropriate.

Sometimes senior leaders will evaluate a report and state that a comment as it stands now does not justify a given rating.  In these cases ask the leader for assistance in rewriting the comment.  In most cases they will be more than happy to assist you with rewording the comment to ensure it justifies a given rating.

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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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