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Master of Science, Corporate Communication
This thesis will focus on the study of performance evaluations of Army officers and the type of evaluation most useful for the future.
The Army has been using performance appraisals to evaluate the performance of officers since its inception over 200 years ago. Since World War II has the Army provided a required format for these evaluations.
The fom1at of these evaluations has changed over the years due to operational requirements along with the expansion and contract ion of the total Army structure. Also influencing the content of the evaluation reports are the current moral beliefs of the nations that are being emulated by the armed forces.
The performance appraisals are tolerated as a necessary evil at their very best. They are used primarily to assist in the proper placement of soldiers, promotion of those most deserving and determining who receives higher schooling. They are an important instrument used to ensure that an adequate supply of personnel are sufficiently trained in the perfom1ance of higher level tasks.
Judgments about how individuals are performing will be made whether or not a formal performance evaluation system is in place. People constantly make judgments about others. More impressionistic judgments tend to be more erroneous, and more vulnerable to charges of bias; therefore a formal procedure is needed.
Removing the performance evaluation requirement from the military would be detrimental to order and discipline allowing for unqualified and subjective judgments. What must be done is to correctly identify those areas most beneficial to the military and its soldiers while encompassing those ideas into a evaluation report that will guide the Army as it enters the 21st century. This discussion analyzes strengths and weakness of past performance appraisal approaches in the military and develops guidelines toward meeting that goal.
Brownrigg, Jason, "Army Officer Evaluation Report: Past, Present, and Future" (1998). Theses. 198.
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