I'm after a bit of advice, chaps and chapesses; I was posted about 4 months ago and after badgering my old CC have just received a copy of my CR. I wasn't expecting a recommendation, but the grading was below that which I expected, nor in my humble opinion do the grading boxes reflect the grade. Anyway, what are my options, not having had the opportunity to discuss the write-up with my old boss? Initially, I'm proposing an email to my ex-boss with a follow-up phone call. I intend if possible to read up on the MS Guide to Soldiers Confidential Reports if I can find an electronic copy. I'm away on ranges for the next week. Should I use that time for reflection and consideration, or should I first email my old boss with a brief email warning him of my intent, or just hit him when I get back? Much of what he said in the write-up concentrates on his perception of my behaviour off duty (a fracas in the Sgts Mess, resulting in a punch being thrown-not by me, but as a result of a joking comment made to a new acquaintance which unintentionally touched a raw nerve. I misjudged the situation and attempted to put it right, resulting in the flare up. No AGAI etc resulted) As an aside I also take issue with the use of the word "preaches" which in the context used is open to interpretation. The write up by my OC is more accurate and reflective than my Pl Comd (RAF incidentally) who will I'm sure argue he knows me better! The write up also states that I was too keen to defend my lads, (an admirable quality he says!) bringing me into conflict with the Pl Comd. Whilst forthright with my opinions in the right forum (Pl management meetings etc) I do not recall any outright conflict with my ex-boss, nor do I recall any circumstances where I had to defend the boys. On a separate note has anyone ever come across the idea that SNCOs can self-certificate for short periods of sickness? I'm convinced this was taught or mentioned on my CLM?!!