Sample Army OER Bullets and OER CommentsBy
The purpose of this article is to give you several sample OER bullets and OER comments. But before we dive into that, I want to you to know one thing. It’s your job to manage your OER and your career. If you aren’t proactive throughout the entire OER process, you are setting yourself up for failure.
That means that you need to actively communicate with your supervisor. You need to make his or her job as easy as possible. That means, you prepare your OER Support Form and even write the first draft of your OER, also known as the OER bullets. To some of you, that might sound crazy. Well, I’ve been called crazy before. But I’m okay with that if you are.
Think about it this way for a minute. Your boss is busy. He probably supervises several officers. He has a job, a family, hobbies and a military career. He’s probably tired and overwhelmed. So, if you can make his life easier he will appreciate it. I’ve also found that in most cases, he will use the EXACT OER shell that you write. So write well.
And if he asks you why you drafted a first draft of your own OER, tell him that you “knew he was busy and wanted to make his job a little bit easier.” Personally, I don’t know one “boss” who would get upset about that. So now that I’ve given you my advice about managing your OER, here are some sample OER bullets and OER comments. Please know that I just copied these from my own OERs (I did change my name and unit though). I am by no means boasting. I just want to give you a real world example.
Sample OER Bullets # 1
During this short rating period, MAJ Roscoe did an exceptional job managing the S4 section. Upon arrival in our unit, MAJ Roscoe made an immediate positive impact by revamping the unit’s Command Supply Disciple Program SOP and CSDP Binder. Several months later, his section received satisfactory results on both the COMET and d CSDP Inspection. During Annual Training, MAJ Roscoe really stepped up to the plate and led one officer and 28 Soldiers. His maintenance section maintained an OR rate of 97% and issued 12,000 meals during Annual Training without incident or injury. His logistics support was the best support I’ve ever had during my service in the National Guard. For his exceptional performance, he received 2 Army Commendation Medals and was promoted to Major at minimum time-in-grade. MAJ Roscoe is a talented leader and logistician. You can always count on him to get things done and done right. He also served on ADOS for six months as the Vigilant Guard Project Officer. In this capacity, he served as the lead project planner for a multi-state, joint-level exercise. In his free time, he wrote and published two books, completed ILE Phase I and trained for a marathon.
Sample OER Bullets # 2
During this short rating period, CPT Tyson did an exceptional job leading his Soldiers. CPT Tyson is an experienced, confident, loyal and ultimate team-player and leader who always does whatever it takes to make sure the mission is done and done right. In addition to providing world-class combat service support to our battalion, he also significantly improved the readiness and morale of his company. Some of his key accomplishments include 5 reenlistments, six promotions, 19 Soldiers graduated from either MOSQ or NCOES and a company Non-Val Pay of less than 1%. Next, his Maintenance Section maintained an OR rate in excess of 95% while repairing 10+ vehicles. He completed his change-of-command inventory with zero discrepancies or shortages. Finally, CPT Tyson was selected to serve as the 58th Regiments S4 Officer, a position above his current pay-grade. He will be greatly missed in our battalion and within his company.
Sample OER Bullets # 3
CPT Smith did an amazing job creating and technically and tactically proficient company that is motivated, trained, disciplined and capable of completing any combat deployment. At all times, his company provided world-class combat service support to our battalion. Some highlights include: 590.5 man-hours of maintenance completed, 100+ vehicles repaired, an OR Rate in excess of 94%, prepared 6,000 meals, issued 8,000 gallons of fuel, and issued 200,000 rounds of ammunition without incident or injury. In January 2009, he deployed his company to Washington DC in support for the 56th Presidential Inauguration and successfully operated a Traffic Control Point. To improve his unit readiness, CPT Smith increased his unit strength from 85 to 101 a 20% increase. He also improved the DMOS rate from 88% to 93% while maintain a non-val pay rate of less than 1%. Moreover, he promoted 17 Soldiers, graduated 52 Soldiers from military schools and extended 9 of 11 eligible soldiers. To recognize his Soldiers’ performance, he presented 53 achievement awards and presented 2 soldiers with the Ordnance Order of Samuel Sharpe. To improve his professional development, he completed 4 military courses to include: Combined Arms Exercise (CAX), Project Management, Strategic Planning and Basic Accounting.
By all means, feel free to plagiarize these sample OER comments and OER bullets as you like. Simply change the name around, modify as required and save yourself some time and energy preparing your OER. And whatever you do, please be proactive.