New NCOERs: Separate forms to measure 3 levels of performance

Plans for a new Noncommissioned Officer Evaluation Report call for several changes sharply different from the current rating system, including three different NCOERs, according to Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler.

“There are some things we want to do with this report that we have never done before,” Chandler said Aug. 7 in an exclusive interview with Army Times. “As long as I have been in service, we either had an Enlisted Evaluation Report or the NCOER, and they were reports where one size fits all in terms of not having different versions for different ranks.

Find out the changes coming to NCOER ratings on the Aug. 26 issue of Army Times, on sale now.

Chandler suggests limiting tuition assistance eligibility to save money

Soldiers should expect changes to eligibility rules for the Army’s tuition assistance program during the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

“I think we are going to have changes in tuition assistance,” said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler during an Aug. 7 interview at the Pentagon.

While it’s unlikely that the program will be abruptly shutdown as it was in March Chandler noted that the Army has the broadest tuition assistance program of any service

“It’s expensive, and I believe there are some refinements we can make within that program,” he said.

Chandler said eligibility for the program could be tied to time in service and perhaps rank.

Find out what the possible eligibility changes to TA are in this week’s Army Times.

XM25 passes final tests

The XM25 is back in the big game.

Early prototypes of the grenade launcher earned the nickname “The Punisher.” The new versions of the Counter Defilade Target Engagement system will be leaner and meaner.

Officials also are looking to apply the weapon’s “game-changing” technology to crew-served and individual weapons in the future.

Low-rate initial production of 1,100 weapons is scheduled for August 2014. The first unit will be equipped in 2016, said David Libersat, deputy director for Soldier Division at Fort Benning, Ga.

That is an eight-month delay from the original plan. The setback is largely due to a February training accident in Afghanistan.

Find the details on the changes made to the XM25 after the training accident in the latest Army Times.

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Courtesy of Army Times

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