The Coast Guard Cutter Robert Ward, a Sentinel Class Fast Response Cutter (FRC) homeported at Coast Guard Base Los Angeles-Long Beach, arrives in San Francisco, Feb. 22, 2019. The Robert Ward is the newest Coast Guard cutter to be stationed in California and will provide additional resources to the Coast Guard in emergency response, maritime smuggling, marine safety, environmental protection, search and rescue, and port security. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jordan Akiyama)

General messages weekly roundup

All Hands selects several messages to publish in a weekly post to help raise awareness about specific messages and useful information for Coast Guard members.

Human Capital Strategy: Changes to the Officer Evaluation System

The Officer Evaluation System (OES) Review was an initiative under the Commandant’s Human Capital Strategy (HCS), and the main goal was to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the evaluation process and system. As a result of this review, all OER forms for junior officers, senior officers and warrant officer have been shortened and many requirements have been eliminated to improve the ease with which supervisors can report on their subordinates. The active duty and the reserve officer corps as well as civilian supervisors of military officers must become informed of these changes and the new guidelines for evaluating officers. Read this post to learn more!

Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Husler, a machinery technician at Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C., evaluates a crewmember at Station Washington during a judgmental pistol course in the station's training room, Feb. 8, 2011. The course is designed to test the member's ability to react in a hostile environment where they make the determination of whether or not they should fire their weapon in each respective training scenario. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandyn Hill.

Evaluations: They’re not for you!

How do you think your favorite sports team would perform if they only received feedback once or twice per year? Probably not so great. That is why their coaches continuously evaluate performance and provide feedback – constantly. At the end of the year, coaches review the players stats, they see how the player performed overall, whether they improved or not, and they discuss their potential for the next year. The coach uses this annual evaluation to figure out what to do with their players for the next year. You should approach your evaluations in the same manner.