Friday, May 27, 2011

LATE AGAIN - Just got my FITREP


Just got my 5th Retirement FITREP from my boss (wife). IT WAS LATE AGAIN and I NEVER got my promised mid-term counseling.  As in the past, this year's FITREP was brutally honest.  We reviewed my professional development plan and I'm no longer on a vector toward improvement in all 'graded' areas. Thankfully, it is a "1 of 1" in my current assignment.  Last year the narrative said that I was "1 of the best" she's known.  This year, I was downgraded to "among the best" she's known.  I think that makes this a 'declining' report.  Where was my counseling??

I am really burned up again this year as the reporting period ended on 13 May - our 31st anniversary and I am just getting my annual report now - nearly 2 weeks late. I am being denied the opportunity to rebut this report either verbally or in writing. I am appealing - through channels.

As I said, I never did get the written mid-term counseling I was promised.  The boss said that I should have acted on all the verbal counseling that I've been getting throughout the reporting period. Unfortunately, I was also denied 360 degree feedback.  I am certain that my children would have given me favorable marks. I am somewhat disappointed by all the white space on this year's report - but the grades themselves are disconcerting. "Needs improvement in all areas" seemed harsh to me. And, I don't think failing to take the Physical Readiness Test or exceeding Body Fat % should be held against me.  Step on the scales five years after you retire and tell me how well you do.

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4 comments:

CWO4 Brian Ashpole, USN-Retired said...

My bride subscribes to the "continuous process improvement" model. Most counselling is non-verbal and if I were to request written counselling, it would most likely be written on my forehead with a black Sharpie.

Pete Cap said...

"I am being denied the opportunity to rebut this report either verbally or in writing. I am appealing - through channels."

Let me know how that works out for you...

Mike said...

Thanks Pete. I think you know the answer to that one.

General Quarters said...

Its about significance, not success. Don't get passed over, though ;)