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Can my CSM change a rating on an evaluation report if he/she is not in the rating chain?

TOP HELP! Our Battalion CSM is changing the rating on NCOERs. Usually lowering ratings from "Excellence" to "Success". Is this Legal? Can he do this? What action can I take?

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Great Question! While I can understand that this is a frustrating issue and can be taken as a personal attack I would ask that you look at this from another perspective.

The CSM is charged with upholding the integrity of the evaluation process for NCOs.  Therefore AR 623-3 and DA PAM 623-3 provides him/her the ability to review the reports.  Now typically the goal of the CSM is to identify issues in which the standards:

1. Are not upheld.  Meaning the comments do not support the rating.  For example let’s say a Soldier receives a MET STANDARD and the bullet comments actually support an EXCELLENCE rating.  Or the comments show a MET STANDARDS but the comments reflect a DID NOT MEET STANDARDS


2.  The report contains an inaccurate information such as: inaccurate counseling dates, incorrect administrative information, etc.

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