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Navy to Update Performance Evaluation System for Sailors; Vice Adm. Robert Burke Comments

The U.S. Navy has commenced an effort to modernize its performance evaluation system  in a move to evaluate a sailor’s performance with standards-based objective measures and boost talent matching aspects of counseling and formal reports.

The service branch said Sunday it aims to test a conceptual prototype platform simultaneously with its current NAVFIT 98 performance evaluation system this fall.

“First, we want a system that provides more meaningful, frequent and useful feedback to Sailors,”  said Vice Adm. Robert Burke, chief of naval personnel.

“Second, we want to objectively measure Sailors’ performance. Third, we want to remove artificialities in our current system, such as the tendency of reporting seniors to rate individuals by seniority rather than talent.”

The Navy seeks to eliminate the forced distribution competitive categories and include warfare communities’ specific-objective measures in its evaluation system.

The updated system will work to provide feedback on reporting seniors’ performance grades as well as support formal and informal counseling activities at the service branch.

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