By Wilson L. Walker, Master Sergeant, U.S. Army Retired
Getting ahead in today’s Army is no big secret for those who know how the Army operates its evaluation system. The Army retains and promotes Non-commissioned Officers who have demonstrated patterns of performance and competence as reflected in specific Army values and basic NCO responsibilities.
The NCO-ER affects an NCO’s promotions, assignments, school selections, and retention. You simply must receive and write an excellent NCO-ER if you want to get promoted and receive good assignments. But knowing how to do this is often easier said than done, especially given the many day-to-day duties and responsibilities of NCOs and new changes that have taken place with the NCO-ER.
The Complete Guide to the New NCO-ER: How to Receive and Write an Excellent NCO-ER is the first book to reveal the inside secrets of the NCO-ER so you can better position yourself for getting ahead in today’s Army. Now after 13 years, the Army has changed the NCO-ER. The major change focuses on Army values as enunciated in Part IVa of DA Form 2166-8. Understanding those values and how they relate to the raters’ evaluation are critical to doing well on the new NCO-ER.
Written in the no-nonsense language of both an NCO and rater, the author, Wilson L. Walker, a retired Master Sergeant and experienced promotion board member, reveals in extraordinary detail:
- The qualifications and responsibilities of the rater, senior rater, and reviewer.
- Why bullet comments are so important and which ones are bad for your rating.
- What board members and others look for when they check your NCO-ER.
- How to best prepare for counseling sessions.
- The most important values the Army stresses.
- The types of reports you can expect to encounter.
- How to appeal a negative NCO-ER.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- The NCO-ER
- The Rating Officials
- DA Form 2166-8 and DA Form 2166-8-1
- Bullet Comments
- Helpful NCO-ER Tips and Information
- Career Resources