HRC team briefs officers on changes to OER

| March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Maj. Willie Rayford, assignments officer, HRC, briefs Schofield Barracks officers about the upcoming changes to the OER during a recent visit. The changes are slated to take effect April 1, as the Army is shifting to ensure the best and brightest officers remain in the ranks.

Maj. Willie Rayford, assignments officer, HRC, briefs Schofield Barracks officers about the upcoming changes to the OER during a recent visit. The changes are slated to take effect April 1, as the Army is shifting to ensure the best and brightest officers remain in the ranks.

Story and photo by Sgt. Jessica A. DuVernay, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A mobile training team (MTT) from U.S. Army Human Resources Command (HRC), Fort Knox, Ky., recently conducted mandatory training and answered questions for the new Officer Evaluation Report (OER).

The new format, scheduled to take effect April 1, will give a more thorough view of officers as individuals and not just based on the job that they do, said Maj. Nate Forrester, an assignments officer with HRC.

“In the long run, it will allow officers to get a complete picture of who that officer is as a leader, his attributes and his competencies,” he continued. “We are assessing these officers for not just what they did the last 12 months, but relating it to that officer’s character, leadership potential and how that officer assesses their own peers in their formation.”

Maj. Willie Rayford, another assignments officer with HRC, emphasized that the changes aren’t a result of a failing form, but rather an enhancement to the already existing form.

The current OER was for all Army officers; their rank and job had nothing to do with the way they were evaluated, Rayford said. Basically, it was a one-size fits all type of form. The new form will allow officers to be rated at the level they are assigned to, whether it is company grade, field grade, strategic level or as the brigadier general.

The OER will set new guidelines as to who will be rating individuals on their performance.

“The way that this is going to benefit the officer is, it’s going to give the officer a more (fair) assessment of their duty performance while on the job,” said Forrester. “We have now specified in the new Army Regulation 623-3 and Department of the Army Pamphlet 623-3 as far as who will be the rated officer’s rater and who will be the senior rater.

As the Army reshapes, the new OER allows officers to grow in their careers.

“This is a culture change. This is a change to the way they are doing business. I think it is appropriate,” said 1st Lt. Sarah Davidson, S-1 officer for 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command. “This is a change, and the Army is always evolving. I think it’s awesome to have people from HRC train us; it’s nice to have that support.”

Rayford agrees that, although the format and forms are changing, the idea is the same.

“The main goal is still the same, to identify the best and brightest officers in the Army. We can identify the potential those officers have to hold greater responsibility,” he said.

As the Army continuously changes, the standards have not, and this training will offer a better look at the leaders and future leaders of the Army.

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