Remedial Action by Psychology Officers for Personnel Records Maintenance,
OFFICE OF THE SURGEON GENERAL (ARMY) WASHINGTON D C
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Psychology officers in the Army are currently confronted with the increasingly obvious problem of not knowing their way around the personnel records arena sufficiently to care for themselves. First, we psychologists have less information in our Official Military Personnel File OMPF than do the majority of our countemporaries in rank. Next, we take for granted that forms and reports on us by others are properly submitted and exist where they are supposed to for greatest impact. Thirdly, we may or may not have the opportunity to review these records but, even if we did, most of us wouldnt know what to look for, how to be critical in what we see, or how to change or update the contents of our file. Four, despite the fact that we strive to seek quality data in our daily practice of our profession, we ignore or think light of data that is obtained on ourselves. Fifth, much of our personal and professional success and survival in the Army depends on the records being properly constituted and maintained. Lastly, we need to increase our efforts in taking care of ourselves in personnel records matters the responsibility to do so is ours, and psychology officers by and large need assistance in these efforts.