In this era of military downsizing, an adverse evaluation for an officer or senior enlisted service member can be a career killer. For officers, a reprimand in any branch can lead to promotion problems and grade review boards at retirement. For an enlisted member, an adverse evaluation can create promotion and retention issues.
Each of the branches has very different evaluation report appeals procedures. So it's important to work with an attorney with knowledge of the process.
The reality is that with most evaluation report appeals counsel will want to invest in spending time evaluating the strength of the allegations contained in the evaluation report. Administrative boards still care about the truth. Counsel is most valuable in developing the evidence, witness statements, and character letters to compel the board to take corrective action.
The firm always advises a free consultation on an evaluation report issue. Often the audience for an evaluation report appeal can be broad. Your intended audience could conceivably include:
-The Board for Correction of Military Records
-Human Resources or Personnel Command
-A potential Board of Inquiry
With so many potential audiences, using appropriate language is critical. Most importantly, our vast well of experience and knowledge can be helpful in analyzing the law and evidence to determine whether the adverse evaluation was appropriate in the first instance.
The bottom line is that a consultation does not cost anything, but the consequences of an adverse evaluation report can be expensive over the long term when retirement and promotion issues are factored into the analysis. Feel free to give us a call, we are happy to discuss issues related to adverse evaluation reports and collateral consequences.
Links: (Being updated with all branches)
-Marine Corps Order 1610.7
-Marine Corps Fitness Report Appeals can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Commandant of the Marine Corps Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps (Code: MMRP-13) 2008 Elliot Road
Quantico, VA 22134-5030
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