Conflict with commanders impact statement

Russ35057

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BLUF: Former Air National Guard Active Guard Reservist 15yrs AD time - non retained as AGR - Fit for duty non WWD

Commander stated in impact statement in October 2017 to retain member then the next month (while IRILO processing) my Performance Report closes out stateing I make a lot of mistakes (anxiety and depression due to tramua in the office) and it's a referral basically saying I'm garbage (worst Performance Report I ever received in a long career. I've had alcohol related incidents when I was a young airman and never got a EPR this bad). All The years before was a promote performance evaluation. Can I use the 2017 bad EPR to nullify the invalid impact statement? This commander just seems to be out to torture me.... The 2018 has not been provided yet and I've been breifed it's the same if not worse....
 

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Opinion:

I am not questioning your assessment of the negative evaluation report. However, I do not think you will be able to nullify the negative report or impact statement.

Although, I am not a SME on the military disability process, I wrote dozens (possibly hundreds) of evaluations during my long active duty career.

Fortunately, most of those evaluations were favorable. Some warranted a less than average rating. Occasionally, a recipient refused to sign the document, which only acknowledges receipt, not agreement. I then added a comment, “ Soldier refused to sign.”

None of the “less than average” evaluations were overturned and they were administratively approved through the chain of command.

Those evaluations, good or bad, became a permanent part of the soldier’s military records.

In any case, I wish you good luck.

Ron
 

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I'm really not looking at negating either one, but I would think the issues that were identified in the performance report should have been part of the impact statement. Probably why I was found Fit for duty instead of unfit. The medical review did not see anything that the conditions impacted performance relating to duty. Maybe it's a long shot but it's about the last card I have to play along with the 26 line items on the AF medical standards directory that apply in my situation. Thanks @RonG.
 

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I would probably pursue the same course of action.

Good luck...
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Russ35057

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Well I elevated this and almost had actions taken against me if not for the wing command chief telling my superintendent that would not be a good idea and could be considered reprisal. Medical is pushing for an unfit and now I have 2 referral EPR's to back up my side of the story.... the BS continues. didn't make any friends by this but it's the right thing to do even if it is unpopular
 

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Well I elevated this and almost had actions taken against me if not for the wing command chief telling my superintendent that would not be a good idea and could be considered reprisal. Medical is pushing for an unfit and now I have 2 referral EPR's to back up my side of the story.... the BS continues. didn't make any friends by this but it's the right thing to do even if it is unpopular
None of those people are going to join you on your journey outside of the military so you really just need to worry about taking care of yourself. It sucks when you don't have an advocate, but it sucks worse when you are too scared to even advocate for yourself. Know the AFI. Know the processes these people have to follow as well as the process to bring it up when they don't follow it. Stay as professional as possible and show their rank the respect it deserves. As the bible says, turn the other cheek :)

You are doing the right thing.

Brad
 

Russ35057

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None of those people are going to join you on your journey outside of the military so you really just need to worry about taking care of yourself. It sucks when you don't have an advocate, but it sucks worse when you are too scared to even advocate for yourself. Know the AFI. Know the processes these people have to follow as well as the process to bring it up when they don't follow it. Stay as professional as possible and show their rank the respect it deserves. As the bible says, turn the other cheek :)

You are doing the right thing.

Brad
I do my best with the recommendations while also being transparent so the people with rank are not blindsided either. I should of had an examination Per AFI when I came off of AGR orders (I think someone was afraid that I would have to be retained for MEB processing). The unit has a bad reputation on when people speak up - careers and lives are definitely impacted even when someone has an AFI or DODI or ANGI to back up. it's all about who you know..... not what you know. the current Wing CC now wants to stop these problems, and end the culture of fear in the ranks, but that also can be a double edged sword... as I said almost had actions taken against me....
 

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If I could just offer some friendly advice: no matter what you decide to do, I would stay as absolutely professional as possible in your response. I would not accuse the unit of anything, I would not try and put anyone's "reputation" into question. As Guardguy11 said, you need to make sure you continue to show the respect of the rank in your rebuttal. I can promise you if you go out the gate accusing your command of being dishonorable and having a bad reputation, the rest of your statement will not hold much weight.

Personally, I would simply state something to the effect of: "On XXX date, Col. SoandSo rated my performance as [insert favorable comments]. Subsequently, on XXXX date, Col. SoandSo rated my performance as [insert unfavorable information directly quoted from EPR, not your summary or opinions of it]. I respect the commander's input and critique, however, I respectfully don't agree with the latest evaluation. As you can see, just prior to this unsatisfactory review, my service review was favorable-- even resulting in a recommendation to retain."

You get the idea.
 

Russ35057

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If I could just offer some friendly advice: no matter what you decide to do, I would stay as absolutely professional as possible in your response. I would not accuse the unit of anything, I would not try and put anyone's "reputation" into question. As Guardguy11 said, you need to make sure you continue to show the respect of the rank in your rebuttal. I can promise you if you go out the gate accusing your command of being dishonorable and having a bad reputation, the rest of your statement will not hold much weight.

Personally, I would simply state something to the effect of: "On XXX date, Col. SoandSo rated my performance as [insert favorable comments]. Subsequently, on XXXX date, Col. SoandSo rated my performance as [insert unfavorable information directly quoted from EPR, not your summary or opinions of it]. I respect the commander's input and critique, however, I respectfully don't agree with the latest evaluation. As you can see, just prior to this unsatisfactory review, my service review was favorable-- even resulting in a recommendation to retain."

You get the idea.
Pretty much the jist of what I told the wing commander about the situation. I haven't been given any opportunities to rebutt
 
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