Capt OJAR time

As ever it is OJAR time for Capts. Can some one please xplain to me the point of the Overall Performance Grade (OPG). Ever OJAR I have had, the reporting officer has said, "don't worry about that, it is all in the write up - welkl the potential bit anyway". If this is the case, then why bother with the OPG.
Surely it would be better if it was like the Junior Soldiers grades, where they get a grade relative to experiance and time in rank. At the moment it seems to depend on time in rank alone.
Not too bitter and twisted, just curious on how the whole system should work!
The OPG is (or should be) a shorthand indicator to the MCM Div:

B - Everything's fine. Keep managing this officer's career normally (no saracstic comments, please!).

C - Manage this w*nker out of the Army ASAP.

D - Were you not listening when I gave this sh*t-for-brains a "C" last year?

A - This officer is stupendously talented and needs a job that will bring him to the attention of the big-hitters.

It has little impact on the promotion boards.

And I'm a little worried that you think the end of July is OJAR Time for Capts. Actually, the reporting date is 1 June.

I quite agree. It can be a bit of a distraction. There is clear evidence of creeping excellence at OF5 and OF6 where the average (yes the average) OPG sits around the B+ mark. MS(A) at APC can provide more evidence of this. If the ADs and 2*s can't follow the bell curve then how can the COs be expected to. It is misleading.

When I humbly asked once that perhaps Brigadiers were being overgraded I was told that they are all good. Well if that is not an argument for the application of a bell curve then i don't know what is. They are only a finite number of 2* posts, so it is more a reflection of what job you have done (such as DACOS J3 LAND or Cts or D UK or D Army RP) that gets you promoted and not what grade you get.

Back to ground level....only worry if you get a B- and below. B is fine, anything better you need to work for. B+s are quota allocated in many formations. Look closely at recommendations for conversion of commission to Reg C IRC, you need to get these in the bag, with a reflection made in the 1RO and 2RO potential paragraphs.
Good luck.
Sorry, what I meant was it was recieving time for OJARs. We all know they were written ages ago, it just takes a while to do teh rounds from Originator to CO to formation and back down again!!!
wooger - you are right about the potential being key in terms of what boards and the like look at.

Grades are too similar to allow differentiation therefore they need something to stand out.

The bits of reports that really matter are the potential and recommendations for next 2 ranks (yes, no, high, dev).
Are we meant to have had Mid Years yet?? Am sure they are meant to be "Mid Year" and not the week before the OJAR is delivered!
I havent had my OJAR yet, didnt get a mid year and dont get on with either Bty Comd or Big Man. Anticipate having to redress already- anybody advise a good COA?
Yes - speak to your desk officer immediately! Warn him/her off about your concerns and you will get the best advice from him/her as to the best way to proceed.

It may be that your current OJAR will have little currency in the long-term (if you aren't due for boarding for a couple of years, say), in which case it be enough simply to include SO's comments to the effect that you didn't receive a MPAR. On the other hand, if you're due to go to the board then you may need to submit a full Section 180 to get you there.

That said, there is no requirement for an MPAR to be in writing or even to be a formal interview - although obvious best practice would suggest it ought to be both. If you've had feedback from either your BC or CO to the effect of "do this, don't do that and do more PT", then that could be passed off as a MPAR.

itsgoodhere said:
I havent had my OJAR yet, didnt get a mid year and dont get on with either Bty Comd or Big Man. Anticipate having to redress already- anybody advise a good COA?
If you want to wave a piece of paper around get hold of JSP 505 or Jan 05 MS Newsletter:

Mid-Period Appraisal Review (MPAR). MPAR is a mandatory requirement (JSP 505, para 4.04). It is strongly recommended that 1RO produce, and retain, a written record of the MPAR and copy it to the Subject Offr.
The onus is on the 1 RO. You should at least have been asked to write your front page, and sign it by now.
itsgoodhere said:
I havent had my OJAR yet, didnt get a mid year and dont get on with either Bty Comd or Big Man. Anticipate having to redress already- anybody advise a good COA?
As well as other advice so far, it would be wise to actually wait and see what is given to you. I do know of reporting officers who have tried to do a MYA a week before an OJAR and say that is sufficient. If you have had no MYA and you get s stinking OJAR then you have definite grounds for redress as long as you know what you are intending to get redressed.
Thanks for the above advice. Without wishing to go into too much detail, and without wishing to identify any of the parties involved, lets just say there are MASSIVE personality issues involved, and a few other bones of contention bubbling away beneath the surface. Ive never had the misfortune to experience anything like it...

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