Received a Negative Military Evaluation? Here’s What You Can Do

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The military uses performance evaluations as a means to determine who the best candidates are for the future of the military. In other words, the military wants to ensure that it is promoting the individuals with the highest performances. These individuals will receive higher pay for their experience and knowledge. 

There are many different types of military evaluations. Such types include:

  • OERs (Officer Evaluation Reports)
  • NCOERs (Non-commissioned Officer Evaluation Reports)
  • EPRs (Enlisted Performance Reports)
  • OPRs (Office of Professional Responsibility (Reports))
  • Fitness Reports

Unfortunately, not everyone receives a positive – or fair – evaluation. Such an evaluation can understandably have a significant impact on the military member’s future. For example, a negative evaluation may result in an administrative separation proceeding or often prevent them from receiving a promotion, which could result in the loss of thousands of dollars in what they could have been paid. 

For these reasons, it is generally in a service member’s best interest to consider rebutting or appealing a negative military evaluation so that it cannot hurt their future career in the military. 

What Can Be Done?

Luckily, if a service member receives a negative military evaluation, there are things that he or she can do. Every branch of the military allows for the opportunity to rebut the evaluation prior to it being filed in his or her records. 

Rebutting a Negative Evaluation

Once the military member has been notified of the negative evaluation, it’s important that he or she contacts a knowledgeable and experienced military attorney to consult with them about potentially rebutting the evaluation. Even if the evaluation seems to be deserved, there are various arguments that can be used in challenging it. After all, doing nothing will surely have a negative long-term impact. 

Appealing a Negative Evaluation

Every branch of the military also allows its service members the opportunity to appeal the evaluation prior to it being permanently filed on his or her military record. The way in which the appeal works is specific to each branch’s administrative board as well as broader boards. Such boards include:

  • Army Human Resources Command
  • Air Force Evaluation Report Appeals Board
  • The Board for Correction of Military Records
  • The Board for Correction of Naval Records

The Court-Martial Law Division of Aviso Law LLC Helps Military Members in Colorado Who Have Received a Negative Military Evaluation

A negative military evaluation can have long-term affects on your career as a military member as well as your long-term financial prosperity. This is why it’s so important to speak with a military attorney about the possibility or rebutting or appealing your evaluation.

If you are a military service member and have been issued a negative military evaluation, the Court-Martial Law Division of Aviso Law LLC can help. We proudly serve our military members, who sacrifice so much for our country. To learn more or to schedule a free consultation, contact us today!

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