Efficiency Report Inflation: A Comparative Analysis of U. S. Army and Selected Foreign Military Officer Evaluation Systems
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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Efficiency report inflation has been a significant problem in the U. S. Army for more than 40 years. In 1945, 99 per cent of the officer corps were receiving one of the two top ratings on the evaluative scale. Inflation has been partially responsible for the frequent changes in officer efficiency report OER format in recent years. To gain an appreciation of the inflation problem, isolate causal factors, and develop possible means of combating the problem, research was was conducted in two broad areas. First, the history of the U.S. Army OER system was studied, including a survey of contemporary thought on the subject. The second approach to research centered on evaluation of the OER systems currently in use by eight foreign military establishments. By comparison, efficiency report inflation was found to be much less pronounced in most of the foreign systems studied than in the U.S. Armys system. Almost all of the systems were found to employ measures specifically designed to control inflation.
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