The Navy Just announced Changes to the FITREP / Eval System

WASHINGTON (NNS) — The Navy announced that an effort is underway to replace its current performance
evaluation system with a new, modern one.

“While NAVFIT 98 has worked for many years, we believe that it is time to develop a different system to
measure Sailors’ performance,” said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke. “Our reason for
making this change is three-fold. First, we want a system that provides more meaningful, frequent and useful
feedback to Sailors. 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
Performance rather than talent.”

The Navy’s goal is to test a conceptual prototype platform later this fall while running the existing
performance evaluation system in parallel.

“The Navy’s current system was conceived, developed and implemented in 1996, and there has not been a
major overhaul since,” said Commander, Navy Personnel Command Rear Adm. Rich Brown. “Transforming
the way we measure Sailors’ performance will ultimately provide better transparency, counseling
opportunities and a more accurate assessment of an individual’s talent. Our Sailors deserve a modern
evaluation system and we are working to develop it as quickly as possible.”

The Navy has outlined an initial concept for a system that meets the following objectives:

Measure an individual’s performance through standards-based objective measures
Tailor reports and counseling objectives to paygrade /seniority and experience (e.g. E1-E3; E4-E6; O1-
O2; O3-O4; O5-O6)
Remove forced distribution competitive categories
Enable formal and informal counseling that is both meaningful and frequent
Include warfare communities’ specific-objective measures
Provide accountability, feedback and control mechanisms on reporting seniors’ performance grades
Enhance talent matching aspects of counseling and formal reports
Simplify reporting senior and counselor completion by allowing cloud-based/mobile device input

Navy Personnel Command began leading fleet-wide working groups in mid-April to discuss the development
and implementation of a new system.

“This change is not going to occur overnight,” Burke said. “We have a lot of work to do, and will partner
closely with the fleet every step of the way. Rest assured that no one will be disadvantaged as we implement
a new system. As we go forward, you can continue to expect a lot of discussions and we’ll give you plenty of
notice before any changes are made.

Please make your voices heard and take part in our fleet focus groups that will travel to your home ports this
summer and fall. Additionally, you have a direct line to me via email at We need
your help to get this right.”

Once it becomes available new Information on the Navy’s New Evaluation System can be found at

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