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Total person concept: New EPR changes in effect

Posted 8/30/2007   Updated 8/30/2007 Email story   Print story


by Airman 1st Class Shane Dunaway
4th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

8/30/2007 - SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. -- Airmen not pursuing higher education nor passing their physical fitness test should have cause for concern now that the enlisted performance report changes are taking effect.

Senior leaders are now putting more emphasis on the total person concept, bringing volunteerism, education and fitness to the forefront.

The most significant change is the addition of physical fitness standards on the performance report. Airmen who score below 75 will receive referral EPRs.

A referral report can negatively impact an Airman's career, said Debra Riso, 4th Mission Support Squadron military personnel flight. Referral reports result in promotion ineligibility and duty assignment limitations.

Another new twist in the EPR process is now ratees will acknowledge their evaluation and receive feedback before the report is made a matter of record.

"The purpose of ratee acknowledgement is to reduce administrative errors and to improve the quality of follow-on feedback by using the completed performance report," Mrs. Riso said.

The new reports also allow for digital signatures. Using digital signatures allows reports to be forwarded, signed and filed electronically, a must for today's expeditionary Air Force, Mrs. Riso said.

With these changes in effect, Chief Master Sgt. Layton Clark, 4th Fighter Wing command chief, encourages all senior leaders and first-level supervisors to follow the Air Force Instruction 36-2406 regarding performance reports to the letter.

We need to avoid any possibility that we're inflating these EPRs, Chief Clark said. When you rate a substandard performer on the same scale as a great performer, it's detrimental because it causes people who are great performers to lose motivation.

The performance reports have changed, but the standard against which the Airmen are evaluated has not.

"You either are fit, or you aren't fit," Chief Clark said. "You're either meeting the standard or you're not. If you're not meeting the standard, any behavior that references something that's incompatible with Air Force standards merits a referral EPR."

The new changes are currently in effect for chief and senior master sergeants, as well as senior airmen and below. Master sergeants who have an EPR close-out date on or after October 1 will be evaluated using the new form. Staff and technical sergeants will begin using the new form January 1.

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