By Sgt. Inez Hammon | 14th Public Affairs Detachment
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, 4th Infantry Division, hosted an NCO professional development at McMahon Auditorium Sept. 18, 2019, where about 250 junior and senior leaders gathered to learn about the Army’s new enlisted evaluation board process.
The purpose of the new system is to allow talent management within the NCO corps to identify the strongest NCOs.
“I’m extremely confident in the new evaluation system,” said Sgt. Maj. Mark Clark Jr., directorate of military personnel management (DMPM) senior enlisted leader and guest speaker. “I believe the new NCO evaluation board concept is more in line with the chief of staff of the Army’s No. 1 priority, which is people.”
The Army wants to put those individuals in demanding and challenging assignments so they can become more experienced and developed.
“I think the common mistake made is that this is only a name change, and not so much a culture change,” said Clark. “We as senior leaders cannot advise Soldiers on how we came up because the process has drastically changed.”
The new process allows the ability to meet demand signals and man organizations so that lethality can truly be increased across the Army.
The new evaluation system also allows Soldiers who want to be rewarded for their great performance to take control of their careers and inform the Army of where their talents can best be served, Clark said.
NCOs once were able to opt out of consideration for evaluation, but the new process does not allow them to not be considered by an evaluation board.
“I like the new evaluation board system because it forces individuals to get promoted based on what they actually do, and not just based off of what someone says they’re doing to make them look better than everyone else,” said Sgt. 1st Class Nigel Simon, communications platoon sergeant, Signal Intelligence and Sustainment Company, HHBN.
Simon said he looks at being affected by the new system in a positive light and looks forward to a fair and competitive evaluation board in fiscal 2020.
“The new evaluation system is going to help us grow a stronger and better NCO corps,” Clark said. “Leaders have to get educated on this new process.”