Sample Rater Comments and Bullets for Army OERs

Today, I want to share some sample Army Officer Evaluation Report (OER) bullets and comments.  I’ll use some real comments off my own OERs, since I don’t have any other OERs to refer to.  I’m not doing this to brag or toot my own horn.  I just want to help people writer better OERs.

At the end of each comment, I will provide my insights and share some tips that will help you.  Let’s get started.

OER Rater Bullet# 1

During this rating period, CPT Holmes has demonstrated that he is an excellent Officer and company commander.  Since assuming command, CPT Holmes improved morale by developing an effective rewards program resulting in 15 Achievement Medals, 8 Driver’s Badges, and numerous coins and COA’s.  He also promoted six soldiers and re-enlisted 4 of 5 eligible soldiers.  CPT Holmes improved APFT-qualified soldiers from 20 to 33, and graduated 10 soldiers from NCOES and MOSQ schools.  CPT Holmes improved his assigned strength by 7% and physically present for duty strength by 19%.  He achieved these results by conducting five recruiting events and enrolling 38 Soldiers in the State G-Rap Program.  Moreover, he did not have one soldier on non-val pay during the entire rating period.  CPT Holmes was the recipient of a Certificate of Honorable Mention from the ATAG of Maryland for the recruiting and retention efforts.  In order to improve unit readiness, CPT Holmes established a Family Support Group and monthly newsletter.  CPT Holmes completed all logistical missions on time and to standard; to include fuel transport, Class V delivery and a high-profile support mission for the USMC.  CPT Holmes simultaneously served on an ADSW tour for three months as the G3 Project Officer.  He also graduated the Information Operations 101 Course.

Comments on Potential for Promotion: CPT Holmes has demonstrated the potential to serve in senior company grade and junior field grade assignments in CSS.  Promote ahead of peers; unlimited potential.

My Thoughts: The comments are pretty specific, with all of my accomplishments having a percentage or actual number.   The comments for potential and promotion could have been a little more detailed, such as recommending certain jobs.

 

OER Rater Bullet # 2 

CPT Holmes did an amazing job creating a technically and tactically proficient company that is motivated, trained and 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, and Operational Readiness Rate in excess of 94%, prepared 6,000 meals, issued 8,000 gallons of fuel, and issued 200,000 rounds of ammunition without incident. In January 2009, he deployed his company to Washington D.C. in support of the 56th Presidential Inauguration and successfully operated a Traffic Control Point.  To improve his unit readiness, CPT Holmes increased his unit strength from 85 to 101, a 20% increase. He also improved the DMOS rate from 88% to 93% while maintaining 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.

Comments on Potential for Promotion: CPT Holmes is a talented logistician and leader who has demonstrated the potential to serve in senior company grade and field-grade positions within the CSS field.  Give him tough assignments; he will excel in any position. Promote ahead of peers.  Unlimited potential.

My Thoughts: The comments for promotion are much better than the first one.  There are lots of quantifiable facts in the bullets, which is good.

 

OER Rater Bullet # 3

During this short rating period, CPT Holmes did an exceptional job leading his Soldiers.  CPT Holmes 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 re-enlistments, 6 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 Operational Readiness Rate in excess of 95%, while repairing 10+ vehicles.  He completed his change-of-command inventory with zero discrepancies or shortages. Finally, CPT Holmes was selected to serve as the 70th Regiment S4 Officer, a position above his current pay-grade.  He will be greatly missed in our battalion and within his company.

Comments on Potential for Promotion: CPT Holmes is an intelligent, disciplined and professional leader, officer and logistician. Continue to give him the toughest assignments.  He is sure to excel.  He has a very bright future ahead of him.  Unlimited potential. Promote ahead of peers.

My Thoughts: This was a really short rating period, just a few months.  I think the area for promotion is very descriptive and excellent. The rater bullets could have had another sentence or two to make it longer.

 

Final Thoughts

When you are writing OER Rater Bullets and Comments yourself, make sure to use the right words.  Be as specific as possible and use numbers, percentages, and whatever specific achievements you can find.  This is a lot better than doing a generic OER.  You owe it to your people (whether they are good, average or bad) to write accurate and detailed OERs.  To do this, you need to make sure you make the time to do their counseling AND you take your time doing the OER itself.

What are your thoughts?  Please share any sample rater OER Bullets and Comments that you might have with the rest of our community.  Just leave a comment below to do so.

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4 thoughts on “Sample Rater Comments and Bullets for Army OERs

  1. Greg Boudonck

    These are very good examples showing rater comments and bullets. I think that adding very accurate figures is highly important. It somewhat surprised me that there are no sample OER’s out there to study. I would think that the Army would want this known in a better way. It helps to keep notes on each soldier under your command so you can review the notes when writing these up.

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      1. Greg Boudonck

        I just had a thought Chuck…. Is there anyway you could possibly offer online classes thru a webinar or something of that sort. You could probably charge for admission and give a full training class on writing OERs and for doing other Commander duties.

        I don’t know if that would be stepping over a line, but it seems it would go over well.

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        1. Chuck Holmes Post author

          There is little interest for that on my site. I have offered free classes, coaching, webinars, etc. and no one participated or wanted to, so I stopped offering it.

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