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Must I include DUI on a Soldier’s NCOER?

Should I mention a DUI offense on my Soldier's NCOER?

The Evaluator - Army Evaluation & Counseling Guide

If an individual receives a DUI, it should be mentioned specifically on his or her NCOER. You may not mention disciplinary action such as an Article 15 or a Letter of Reprimand; you should, however, mention the offense that led to the disciplinary action.

Consider using something similar to one of these example bullets:

  • Used poor judgment by operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol
  • Apprehended for driving with a blood alcohol content of 1.5 (.07 above the legal limit)

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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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  • Retired helping a Soldiers


    I would definitely mention the DUI, Personally I would rate it under the responsibility and accountability, as a needs improvement. If the Soldier is otherwise excellent, their performance is otherwise not affected and they don’t let it interfere with their duties; I would rate them accordingly in the remainder of the evaluation. You want to evaluate the NCO appropriately based on the year, not on the lack in judgement.

  • Part-Time-Commander


    I think putting it on the NCOER or OER is the right thing to do. The event shows a serious lack of judgement. Just my two cents.

    • James


      Even with the case still being resolved in court, you would not give a soldier the chance at due process of the law?

      • Mark Gerecht


        Perhaps the questions should be worded better. This assumes the Soldier was convicted of a DUI. Usually comments will not be made regarding legal issues that are not fully adjudicated.

        Thanks for your feedback!

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