ISS1 2018

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Enlisted Evaluations Receive Revision Beginning in March, the Coast Guard implemented sweeping changes to the way enlisted members are evaluated. The Enlisted Evaluation System (EES) replaced the former Enlisted Employee Review System (EERS). Most notable among the changes is a reduction in the number of competencies by about half and the implementation of pay grade-specific performance standards from E-4 to E-9. Having competencies specific to each individual grade helps reset higher performance expectations after each advancement. Under the old system, a third class petty officer who recently graduated from A-school was marked using the same standards as those used for first class petty officers who may have been in the service for over a decade. The new system provides more tailored expectations to help develop members incrementally as they advance. The competency categories under the new EES better align with the Coast Guard's Leadership Development Framework, which combines the leadership competencies with five responsibility levels that apply to all employees and provides the expertise anticipated at each grade. This provides better support for the continuing development of Coast Guard enlisted members and improves the information available to support myriad human resources decisions. While in the past, there has been only a "Not Recommended" or "Recommended" option in the "Recommendation for Advancement" block, the new EES introduces a significant addition in the "Not Ready" option. This option may be used by supervisors for those individuals who are satisfactorily performing at their current level but haven't demonstrated the capability to perform at the next higher pay grade. "I think that, culturally, we're going to have to understand that 'Not Ready' is not a negative thing," said Coast Guard Reserve Force Master Chief Petty Officer Eric Johnson. "Rather, it just means that an individual hasn't completed the required EPQ or RPQ, or that, although they may be a stellar performer, they just need a little more time before stepping into that next role. It's just that the individual is not ready for the next pay grade for any number of reasons, and the leadership needs to articulate that." Supervisors, especially in the Selected Reserve, need to be completely certain a member should be marked "Not Ready" before doing so, as this will result in the subordinate member not receiving a service wide exam for that year. This will potentially impact individuals in the SELRES more significantly than their active duty counterparts, because there is only one SWE offered each year to reservists. However, even if an individual is marked as "Not Ready" on their annual evaluation, the supervisor will still be able to change the members "Recommendation for Advancement" to "Ready" prior to the SWE cut-off date. This would enable the individual to receive a SWE for that cycle. The previous evaluation system required comments for marks of 1, 2 and 7. The new EES will now require comments for a mark of 3. "Under the previous system, an individual could receive a three without the reason being documented, and the individual might not even know exactly why," said Johnson. "Under the new EES, any unsatisfactory behavior or performance will include comments." Offsetting the increased number of required comments is a reduction in space available for comments. Under the new EES, comments are limited to only two lines per performance measure. Some of the feedback from the fleet on the evaluation system was that it was too long and time- consuming. The new EES addresses this issue by limiting the length of required comments and reducing the number of competencies. Limiting the comments to two lines also provides better uniformity of expectations from one supervisor to the next and from one command to the next. — Story by Ens. Dennis O'Neill, CG-1313 For more information on the new Enlisted Evaluation System, please visit the PSC- RPM website at: http:// w w w. d c m s . u s cg . m i l / O u r- O r g a n i z a t i o n / A s s i s t a n t- Commandant-for-Human- Resources-CG-1/Personnel- Service-Center-PSC/Reserve- P e r s o n n e l - M a n a g e m e n t- PSC-RPM/RPM-1/Enlisted- Evaluations-System/. Supervisors, especially in the Selected Reserve, need to be completely certain a member should be marked " n ot Ready" before doing so, as this will result in the subordinate member not receiving a service wide exam for that year. Issue 1 • 2018 � RESERVIST 47

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