By Sgt. Angel TurnerMarch 3, 2014
FORT HOOD, Texas -- As the Army continues to make changes, one change will directly affect officers starting April 1 of this year -- the revision of the Officer Evaluation Reporting system.
Soldiers from mobile training teams with the Army Human Resources Command visited with Fort Hood officers at Palmer Theater Feb. 24-28, to give them a firsthand look at the revised OERs.
Replacing Department of the Army Form 67-9; DA Form 67-10 focuses on six core competencies: character, intellect, presence, leads, develops, and achieves. It also has four performance categories: mostly qualifies, highly qualified, qualified and not qualified.
"We are changing the evaluation system; the entire way we evaluate our officers," said Maj. Nate Forrester, an assignments officer with HRC and apart of the MTT. "We are shifting from assessing our officers strictly on achievements alone in an attempt to get a holistic picture on what that officer is capable of and who he or she is at the core."
Soldiers in the ranks of second lieutenant through brigadier general will use the new system, but there will be four separate evaluation forms based on those ranks.
"Right now the current form is a one size fit all form," Forrester said. "We recognize that everybody comes to the table at different points in their career having different needs for how they are assessed. So we have four separate forms to help raters and senior raters mentor and counsel those specific grades differently. We recognized that one size does not fit all."
Forrester said the rated assessments will be linked to Army leadership doctrine.
Throughout the two-hour presentation, officers learned the ins and outs of the new system and how to use it. If someone had a question, HRC representatives answered thoroughly to ensure the officers are prepared for the nearing change.
"I think that the previous OER system was a good system, but there's always room for improvement," said Capt. Qumalo Bogan, a behavioral health officer assigned to the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division. "I think the new implementations they have in place are improvements to the current system."
Soldiers will use the Evaluation Entry System, a web based program, to complete and submit evaluations to HRC. For officers unable to access the online system for their reported through date, they can mail in their OER to HRC.
"We want to streamline all of the OERs," said Maj. Willie Rayford, assignments officer with HRC. "It's a one-stop shop as opposed to managing several different systems. Now we can manage through that one portal, and it makes it an easier transition, an easier submission and it is easier to view the profile."
Maj. Roberto Taarea, a general surgeon with the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, said the new online system is something he is looking forward to using.
"I like the fact that everything is centralized in the online system," said, Taarea. "Everyone can work on it at the same time, and if I'm done I can see who is working on it."
The HRC MTT is scheduled to return to Fort Hood later this month to speak to 1st Cavalry Division officers on the revised OERs.
For more information on the new evaluation system visit https://evaluations.hrc.army.mil. (Requires Common-Access-Card login)