Senior Rater Overall Potential

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Per DA PAM 623-3, Senior raters comment on the rated NCO’s POTENTIAL, and comments are mandatory. Bullet comments are prohibited. Simply stating concurrence with the rater’s evaluation does not fulfill the intent of this paragraph. 

Comments in the senior rater box include comments:

• When the senior rater has not been in the position the minimum number of days necessary to evaluate the rated NCO, he or she will enter the following statement in part V, block b: “I am unable to evaluate the rated NCO because I have not been the senior rater for the required number of days.” In these cases, all other entries in part V, blocks a, b, and c will be left blank. Use the Wizard application to automatically enter the appropriate statement in part V, block b, if he or she is unable to evaluate the rated NCO.

• On unusual about the DA Form 2166–9–1 will also be noted here (for example, APFT and height and weight data or explanatory comments, if not included; lack of rated NCO’s signature; signatures are out of sequence on the report).

• On any substantiated SHARP, EO, and/or EEO complaints resulting from an AR 15–6 investigation or other official investigation by military or civil authorities, the senior rater will annotate a separate comment “does not support SHARP, EO, and EEO.” This occurs if the rated NCO: (1) committed an act of sexual harassment or sexual assault; (2) failed to report a sexual harassment or assault; (3) failed to respond to a complaint or report of sexual harassment or sexual assault; (4) retaliated against a person making a complaint or report of sexual harassment or sexual assault.

 • Addressing the lack of a rated NCO’s signature on the NCOER. Use the Wizard application to enter appropriate statement. A report stating that the NCO cannot sign due to CAC issues is unacceptable and such reports will not be processed. The report will not be delayed because it lacks the rated NCO’s signature.

• If the senior rater’s evaluation is based on infrequent observation of the rated NCO.

 Potential.

 Potential comments should primarily focus on the rated NCO’s potential for promotion, command, schooling (military and civilian), broadening assignments, successive duty assignments and level of assignments, and/or retention, when applicable.

 Narrative Examples: 

• SGT Smith’s has strong potential; promote to Staff Sergeant now. Assign as MP Squad leader immediately, and send to ALC as soon as possible. He will continue to succeed and will make an outstanding squad leader. Every effort needs to be made in order to retain Soldiers like him.

• SFC Smith is a stellar NCO, and will absolutely be a CSM someday. Promote now and send to Non-Lethal Weapons Trainer Course immediately. Afford him every opportunity to complete his college education.

• SGT Smith will make an outstanding Staff Sergeant. Send to ALC when eligible, promote when ready. She has unlimited potential and will excel in any duty position. SGT Smith’s APFT performance is improving and on track to meeting the standards soon.

Narrative Examples (for a less than stellar NCO):

• SSG Smith’s needs to take personal initiative to bring himself to the competency level of his current rank. He should not be sent to any military school until he has addressed his shortcomings.  Unless SSG Smith takes steps to improve, he should be allowed to ETS without effort to retain.

• SGT Smith will excel in the NCO corps and should be considered for promotion after additional training and experience. He should be sent to his next level NCOES when eligible. SGT Smith should be able to handle additional responsibility after some mentorship and schooling.

ELEMENT IDEAS (the bullets are simply to keep them separate; remember that this should be a NARATIVE)

Most Qualified

 

Identify NCOs with strong potential for promotion in the secondary zone; ahead of peers (Note: Senior Rater must have less than 50% of the ratings in a grade to retain the MOST QUALIFIED label.)

 

 

Narrative Examples

• SGT Smith’s has strong potential; promote to Staff Sergeant now. Assign as MP Squad leader immediately, and send to ALC as soon as possible. He will continue to succeed and will make an outstanding squad leader. Every effort needs to be made in order to retain Soldiers like him.

• SFC Smith is a stellar NCO, and will absolutely be a CSM someday. Promote now and send to Non-Lethal Weapons Trainer Course immediately. Afford him every opportunity to complete his college education.

• SGT Smith potential as an NCO and a Armor crewman is unmeasurable. He is by far the top Sergeant out of three that I senior rate. SGT Smith has the knowledge, work ethic to be a outstanding Tank Commander, and Section Sergeant. SGT Smith has the tools to serve in any position that the Army has to offer. Keep him in leadership position, send to ALC, and promote to SSG immediately.

Promotion Potential

• promote ahead of peers

• outstanding potential for greater responsibility

• has the ability to excel as a platoon sergeant

• promote to Sergeant Major in secondary zone

• promote now; select for 1SG, send to 1SG course and groom for sergeant major

• has clearly demonstrated the potential for increased responsibility; assign as a food service sergeant of a major subordinate command

• assign as company first sergeant now

• this NCO will make an outstanding 1SG, promote to MSG now

• assign immediately as MP company 1SG

• outstanding leader, will excel in any position

• continue to challenge this NCO with increased responsibility

• keep in leadership positions; will continue to make a difference

 

School Assignment

• send to Advanced Leaders Course now

• send to Advanced Leaders Course when slots become available

• highly intelligent NCO, should be sent to Military Police Investigations immediately

• every effort should be made to allow this NCO to complete her bachelors

• send to Battle Staff Non-commissioned Officers Course now

• excellent NCO, send to WLC as soon as possible

 

Performance Potential

• this NCOs potential is unlimited and will succeed in any position

• put this NCO in higher demanding positions

• demonstrates the potential to excel; continue to groom for increased responsibility

• demonstrates potential to excel in leadership positions with greater responsibility

• place in more demanding assignments; he/she will excel

• has unlimited potential; assign as First Sergeant immediately

• assign this Soldier in demanding and critical positions immediately to take full advantage of this Soldier's skills and expertise

• unlimited potential; will be successful at any echelon

• capable of excelling, no matter what position he holds

• challenge with only the most challenging and demanding assignments as he surely will succeed

• unlimited potential, recommend for sergeant major's academy and promote

• greatest potential of all maintenance team chiefs in the battalion

• possesses exceptional potential as a division, installation or MACOM CSM

• unlimited leadership potential

• best potential is as a trainer of Soldiers

• unlimited potential; must be promoted immediately and assigned as an infantry battalion CSM

• potential for major contributions as a corps artillery or division CSM

• his greatest contribution to the army will be leading and training armor Soldiers in a line tank platoon

• should not hesitate to place this Soldier on demanding and critical positions

• should always be assigned with Soldiers, MACOM CSM after Division CSM or Commandant of Sergeant Major Academy

 

Retention Potential

• every effort should be made to retain this NCO

• retaining this NCO should be a unit priority

Highly Qualified

 

Identify NCOs with strong potential for promotion with peers.

 

 

Narrative Examples

Outstanding performance.  SFC ______ ranks in the top 15% of sergeants first class I rate.  SFC ______ consistently exceeds expectations and is widely trusted to accomplish the mission.  SFC ______ demonstrates the potential to serve in positions of greater responsibility and wider impact on the Army.  Promote this fine non-commissioned officer to MSG and assign as battery first sergeant.

• SGT Smith will make an outstanding Staff Sergeant. Send to ALC when eligible, promote when ready. She has unlimited potential and will excel in any duty position. SGT Smith’s APFT performance is improving and on track to meeting the standards soon.

 

Promotion Potential

• promote with peers

• promote to master sergeant as soon as eligible

• promote when possible, could serve as platoon sergeant now

• promote immediately

• promote as soon as possible and assign as platoon sergeant in a Combat Support MP CO now

• promote as soon as possible and assign as squad leader now, keep in critical troop leading assignments

• has demonstrated potential for positions of increased responsibility

• promote now, will be an excellent combat engineer unit first sergeant

• promote immediately, place in leadership positions

• tomorrow’s leader; promote now

• has demonstrated potential for positions of increased responsibility

• ready to be a section sergeant now

• absolute professional; promote and assign as NCOIC of an MP battalion

• send to SLC and promote to SFC as soon as possible

• has demonstrated superior potential and the need for responsibility 

 

School Assignment

• send to ALC immediately

• should be selected for attendance to WLC/ALC/SLC

• send to WLC/ALC/SLC when possible

• Send to ALC immediately; will benefit from further NCOES training and mentorship

• Send Basic Instructor Course, the knowledge will do the NCO and unit good

• NCO has excellent potential to be the best instructor in the BN; send to ABIC and SGL courses now

 

Performance Potential

• clearly possesses the leadership skills and expertise to effectively serve as platoon sergeant

• has potential to become an outstanding brigade or division MP operations NCO

• should be given increased responsibility as food service sergeant of a major subordinate command

• unlimited potential, his aggressive can-do attitude will make him a superior first sergeant

• challenge this exceptionally dedicated NCO with the most demanding assignments, he will excel

• future assignment at a PMO NCOIC

• will excel in a position of developing, implementing and fielding new equipment

• should be groomed for future assignments as MP BDE level CSM

• assign a NCOIC of major INCOM maintenance facility

• unlimited potential for troop leading and mid-level logistical staff positions

• assign as senior administrative NCO at BDE level

• outstanding potential for SFC

• greatest potential would be as a combat engineer company first sergeant

• give this Soldier a platoon sergeant position and watch him excel

• would make an excellent 1SG

• great potential here, assign to positions of higher responsibility

• unlimited potential for positions of greater rank and responsibility

 

Retention Potential

• this NCO is worth every retention effort

 

Qualified

 

Identify NCOs who demonstrate potential to be successful at the next level; promote if able.

 

 

Narrative Examples

• SGT Smith will excel in the NCO corps and should be considered for promotion after additional training and experience. He should be sent to his next level NCOES when eligible. SGT Smith should be able to handle additional responsibility after some mentorship and schooling.

 

Promotion Potential

• needs time as a team leader; promoting now would harm his career

• promote to Sergeant First Class after demonstrating satisfactory performance in key developmental positions as a Staff Sergeant

• promote when ready

 

School Assignment

• do not send to Senior Leaders Course at this time

• will be ready for next leadership school with some additional training; not ready at this time

• he/she needs to work on basic Soldier skills before being thrust into higher levels of military education

• he/she isn’t ready for ALC at this time

 

Performance Potential

• potential to become a good leader is hindered by his duty performance

 

Retention Potential

• retention of this NCO should be considered

Not Qualified

 

Identify NCOs who do not demonstrate potential for promotion; recommend separation.

 

 

Narrative Examples

• SSG Smith’s needs to take personal initiative to bring himself to the competency level of his current rank. He should not be sent to any military school until he has addressed his shortcomings.  Unless SSG Smith takes steps to improve, he should be allowed to ETS without effort to retain.

 

Promotion Potential

• do not promote at this time

• not ready for promotion at this time

• needs work in order to be competent in current grade

 

School Assignment

• do not send to Senior Leaders Course at this time

• will be ready for next leadership school with some additional training; not ready at this time

• he/she needs to work on basic Soldier skills before being thrust into higher levels of military education

• he/she isn’t ready for ALC at this time

 

Performance Potential

• with more experience and schooling, NCO will be ready for more responsibilities

• NCO is not ready for increased responsibility at this time

 

Retention Potential

• retention of this NCO is not a priority at this time

• retention of this NCO should be considered only after they have met HT/WT standards

• this NCO should be allowed to ETS

 

3-5 Year Assignment Potential

 

Successive Assignment

• Squad Leader

• Section Leader

• Team Leader

• Platoon Sergeant

• First Sergeant

 

Successive Assignment

• Training NCO

• MPI

• Observer Coach Trainer

• ROTC Cadre

• Operations Sergeant

• Readiness NCO

• Anti-Terrorism NCO

• BN Operations Sergeant

• Company Operations Sergeant

• Traffic Investigator

• MP MOSQ Instructor

• Recruiter

• Drill Sergeant

• Battle Staff NCO Course

• Inter-Service Non-Lethal Weapons Instructor

 

User Donated Content

 

• #1 of 5 SGTs I senior rate. SGT xxxxx is an outstanding EOD Team Leader with unquestioned integrity and enormous drive for success. He always outperforms peers and consistently exceeds expectations. SGT xxxxx is technically knowledgeable and displays superior responsibility and accountability. Send to ALC now and immediately promote upon graduation.

 

• very capable NCO that can always be trusted to accomplish the mission

• developed his Soldiers well, both as individuals and as a mission ready team

• satisfactory performance in all respects for newly promoted SGT; was able to perform mission with little oversight

 

• SGT Schmidlapp is an outstanding EOD Team Member with unquestioned integrity and enormous drive for success. He always outperforms peers and consistently exceeds expectations. SGT Schmidlapp is technically knowledgeable and displays superior responsibility and accountability. Send to ALC now and immediately promote upon graduation.

• SFC Schmidlapp is #1 of 27 SFCs in the BN and among the 2% of NCOs I had the honor to serve with. He already displays the understanding and maturity to communicate effectively with senior Army leaders, while also displaying the skill and the stamina to motivate and inspire junior Soldiers.  Promote to MSG ahead of peers and place as a Rifle Company 1SG now.

• #1 of 2 SFC's that I currently rate and top 1% of all NCO's I've rated in my career; this NCOs appetite for excellence and superb performance is masterful gaining every Leaders respect and confidence.

his performance, abilities, passion, and commitment for excellence clearly set him ahead of his peers; he would benefit any Command as a First Sergeant