Enlisted Performance Report FAQ


Can My Supervisor Force Me to Change My Rating?

No. The Additionl rater can require that ratings be substantiated by appropriate bullet statements and may suggest that the description of performance warrants a different rating (lower or higher) but may not force the rater to change their comments or rating unless they are unauthorized or inappropriate IAW AFI 36-2406.

Ref MPFM 07-44, Note 21:
Disagreements. Show any disagreements with the rating(s) by making specific comments regarding the exact standard(s) and or comment(s) with which there is disagreement. Comments to support disagreement are required. (Example: Disagree with rater’s assessment of Job Knowledge—TSgt Smith was unable to provide correct operating procedures during monthly evaluation). Evaluators should discuss disagreements when preparing reports. Prior evaluators are first given an opportunity to change the evaluation; however, they will not change their evaluation just to satisfy the evaluator who disagrees. If, after discussion, the disagreement remains, the disagreeing evaluator marks the “non-concur” block, and provides specific comments to explain each item in disagreement. The evaluator who non-concurs with the report may attach an AF Form 77 if more space is required to explain the disagreement.


Ref AFI 36-2406, Officer and Enlisted Evaluation Systems, Para 3.6. Mandatory Comments

3.6.5. Explain any significant disagreement with a previous evaluator on a performance report. NOTE: Two different evaluators can observe the same performance, but assess it differently. If that is the case, that's what the explanation should say. Unless the report is a referral, limit comments to the space provided.

3.6.5.1. On OPRs, significant disagreement is a change of any performance factor rating in section V or any statement that indicates obvious disagreement with previous evaluator(s).

3.6.5.2. On EPRs, significant disagreement is a change of any rating in section(s) III or IV, or any statement that indicates obvious disagreement with previous evaluator(s).

Your supervisor can and should provide advice and if he does, you should listen to him. Usually your supervisor has more supervisory experience and is more knowledgeable on the rating process. Give his advice serious consideration. If you feel certain that your judgement is correct, don't change the rating. It is not uncommon for the rater and the rater's rater to disagree on ratings. If your supervisor tries to convince you that your ratings must agree with his, he's wrong. That's what the rater's rater block is for.

Ref AFI 36-2406, Officer and Enlisted Evaluation Systems, Para 3.2.2 (Additional Rater Responsibilities)