Service members should seriously consider taking action to rebut or appeal a negative military evaluation to avoid lasting ramifications on their career.
Performance evaluations are utilized by the military to identify the best candidates for future service in the military and ensure the proper personnel are being promoted.
Types of Evaluations are:
- Fitness Reports
These evaluations are utilized by the military to identify the best candidates for future service in the military and ensure the proper personnel are being promoted. This allows service members to continue to progress in their careers and be paid a commensurate amount for their years of experience and technical expertise. However, a negative evaluation can have lasting ramifications on a service member’s career. A referred evaluation can cause the military member to be passed up for promotion and even face administrative separation proceedings, such as, the United States Army Qualitative Management Program (QMP). Even if the service member is not in jeopardy of being separated from the military, a negative evaluation can cost the military member tens of thousands of dollars in lost pay.
There are protections in place
There are various protections in place for when a service member receives a negative evaluation. Each branch allows the service member the opportunity to rebut the negative evaluation before it is permanently filed in his or her military records. When a service member receives notice of a possible negative evaluation, they should immediately speak to an attorney about the possibility of rebutting the evaluation, even if they believe the referred evaluation may be warranted. There are different arguments that can be made to challenge the referred evaluation and the service member should take every step possible to preserve their career and integrity.
Likewise, each branch offers its members the chance to appeal a negative or referred evaluation once it has been permanently filed in his or her military records. These appeals can be filed to specific administrative boards such as the
- Air Force Evaluation Report Appeals Board (ERAB)
- Army Human Resources Command (HRC)
or through broader boards such as:
- The Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR)
- The Board for Correction of Military Records (BCMR)
Service members should seriously consider appealing a negative evaluation that has been permanently filed to ensure their careers and military retirements are not unjustly or improperly threatened.
If you or someone you know may receive or has received a referred evaluation, contact the experienced professionals at Crisp and Associates to get a free consultation about your options.