Types of Mandatory Army Officer Evaluation Reports

In the Army, there are many different reasons you can receive an Army Officer Evaluation Report.  Listed below are the most common types of Army OERs, assuming the Officer has at least 90 days in a duty position.

  1. Change of Rater Report:  An Officer would receive this type of OER when their current boss leaves their duty position, normally from a retirement, transfer, separation or promotion.
  2. Annual Report:  This is quite perhaps the most common type of OER.  After you have been in a duty position for 12 months, you would receive an annual report. You should always check it to make sure it is accurate.
  3. Extended Annual Report:  There are two types of “Extended Annual” reports; one is mandatory to cover any period of non-rated time since the previous report, the other is optional and used only in exceptional situations.
  4. Change of Duty Report: When an Officer starts a new duty position, either from promotion or transfer they will receive a Change of Duty OER for their previous job.
  5. Depart Temporary Duty, Special Duty, or Temporary Change of Station Report: When a soldier has temporary duty (TDY) or a Temporary Change of Station for more than 90 days, they would receive this type of evaluation report.  The only exception is when a soldier attends a military school and they get a DA 1059.
  6. Temporary Duty, Special Duty, or Temporary Change of Station Report: Pretty much the same as # 5 mentioned above. The difference is: this one is for going, and the other for leaving.
  7. Failed Promotion Selection Report: This report only applies to Active Duty Army Officers.  NCOs and USAR and ARNG Officers are excluded.  When an officer is “passed over” for promotion, they would get this type of OER.
  8. Release from Active Duty Service Report:  This is normally given at the end of a deployment.  Also, it is for USAR and ARNG only.

The best reference I found online is AR 623-3, Chapter 5.  If you can think of a type of mandatory Army Officer Evaluation Report that I forgot, just leave a comment to this post and let me know. Also, if you have any questions about mandatory Army Officer Evaluation Reports, just post it below and I will do my best to provide an answer. Thank you.

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Chuck Holmes
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4 thoughts on “Types of Mandatory Army Officer Evaluation Reports”

  1. So if an USAR SM does an annual OER then after that OER is completed they are transferred to another unit in 85 days what, what type of OER is needed? I thought change of rater or Change of duty but the SR said it had to be over 120 days to do any type of evaluation. Please advise. Thank you!

  2. I cannot think of more types of mandatory Army Officer Evaluation Report than you mentioned, but I do know that at a December 2012 conference in Alaska, Major General Richard P. Mustion Commanding General, U.S. Army Human Resources Command said basically there is a plan to rework the AOERs to reflect current U.S. Army mission, goals and outlook. There would be three versions, one unique for each grade plate or groups of officer ranks: one for captains and below, second for field grade officers and chief warrant officers in the three highest grades, and third for colonels and brigadier generals.

  3. Neil O'Donnell

    In situations where an officer changes assignments repeatedly over a relatively short period of time and they receive a Change of Rater Report aside from other evaluation reports, frustration would be understandable. Yet, feedback from such evaluations can provide valuable insight into ways officers can improve their performance and gain promotions. Always look at evaluation reports as an opportunity to learn.

    1. Most Army Officers stay in a job for 9 to 18 months. Command time normally lasts a little longer. But, I’ve also seen good officers shuffled around every 5-6 months to fill unit shortages or to give them additional experience for future positions. As long as you do a good job and don’t get fired, moving around isn’t really a bad thing.

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