Can Commanders letter be problamatic?

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  1. ezra24

    ezra24 Registered Member

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    I am in a small unit and have never met my Commander. Most of my NCO leadership is in a different state. I am active duty Army assigned to an Air Force Base.

    My Chief -SMSgt (E-8) is on his way out. His Retirement is already approved and has started his outprocessing two weeks before I received the Commanders letter to fill out.

    Now being in the army and possessing a TS/SCI I have been very secretive of my condition. I felt pretty embarrassed about it (PTSD/ANXIETY/DEPRESSION) and honestly I didn't think it was any of their concern or right to know about my condition. I am currently taking quite a few meds, have been seeking counseling for years now and remain pretty anonymous at work hiding my condition. I tend to stay to myself and avoid social interactions with my peers.

    Now the problem I am facing now is how can my leadership properly fill this out when I have been pretty good at hiding my conditions.


    thanks for the advice.

    im hoping someone has a similar situation.
     
  2. Almost_Separated

    Almost_Separated PEB Forum Veteran Registered Member

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    Somewhat similar situation with my Commander's letter. I ended up writting every sentence of it myself and my supervision and commander signed off on it without changing a single word. Usually the commander reaches out to flight leadership in order to have them write it and if you are high enough up in the ranks then they may just have you write it. I was speculating this would happen to me so I already had it written by the time they asked for it. I am very glad it worked out this way, because no knows my restrictions better than myself.
     
  3. ezra24

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    I am not sure how much weight the Commanders Letter has but I definitely have documentation about my condition for the last 7 years. I decided to print out Jason Perry’s post (the example commander letter) to present my NCO with. I am having a sit down meeting with him today and hopefully we can work something out. I just have had an overall lack of trust with leadership. I've seen too many bad apples get away with murder and people with actual conditions get the short end of the stick.


    Maybe I’m just being paranoid but I am still unaware of the effect the commanders letter has. Is it used more as a guideline? or is it a determining factor in the MEB case?
     
  4. 505grr

    505grr Registered Member

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    I've read that it's one of the most important parts in determining fitness for duty. Obviously, medical conditions are as equally important, however the commander's letter provides the PEB with your potential ability (or inability) to be of service to the military.
     
  5. ammotracker

    ammotracker Registered Member

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    Almost, any chance you could black out pii and post the letter here?
     
  6. 505grr

    505grr Registered Member

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    I did the exact same thing! I can't imagine that many would want to write up such a long document and doing 99% of the work for letter will likely get it signed with no questions asked. Obviously, truthfulness and integrity are encouraged.
     
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    Cleared.data PEB Forum Veteran Registered Member

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    my buddy's commander totally screwed him on the letter. He was also still found unfit even though the commander said he was fit. I wouldn't put tooooo much thought into it.
     
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  8. Almost_Separated

    Almost_Separated PEB Forum Veteran Registered Member

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    It is an important factor that the board will utilize to determine fitness for duty, along with your NARSUM and your C&P exams. I wouldn't stress too much over it, but I would recommend you provide as much oversight into the letter as you can.
     
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    Almost_Separated PEB Forum Veteran Registered Member

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    I'm not going to post any of my files on the forum until I am out, but PM me and i'll send it to you after I redact the P2. Just give me some time to dig it up from my pile of papers.
     
  10. Chaps_Z

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    In my experience, I found it to be 50/50 important as the NARSUM.

    There are some conditions that they will find unfit every time (with few exceptions).

    If the condition is on the fence about fitness, the Command letter will break the tie.
     

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