It has been a good morning so far. I am still overwhelmed with work but perhaps I work better against a deadline. Today, before I bail for another road trip I need to finish up my OER support form and OER, clear out my inbox, update an agenda, pack my stuff, draft three letters and get to the PAX terminal on time. (Did I mention that I dealt with the Internet people, CIF and PAX even before breakfast?)
The mood in my office is a bit manic. As it turns out, I am not the only one who has been avoiding dealing with support forms (since mine goes to the Two Star we have a NLT 30 days prior to departure deadline) or with pressing deadlines. The end of our deployment is just around the corner and we are all dealing with the “oh, S***!” there are all these things that we intended to do and still haven’t managed.
I think we can manage to roll through the Rabies stuff again, the Influenza stuff again and Infection control. All of those seem more interesting to be than the “invite” to draft my own OER. I don’t know about you, but I absolutely hate to write my own performance appraisal (OER). Especially with the Army, there is this style thing that necessitates the use of superlatives. I am just not in the mood to day that I am the best thing since sliced bread. I came, I did my job (in spite of a lot of people) and I get to leave. What more could I ask. Even worse, I can technically leave without doing one, but putting through paperwork to explain that (retiring) would probably take more effort.
So here I sit, looking at my support form (which I actually did last fall) and trying to figure out where all those hours have gone since then!
I just write it as though I was writing it for someone else, reviewing in my mind what I would like to be remembered for.
We are not in the running for GO, so we can afford some honesty. 🙂
Maybe some of this will help? http://usmilitary.about.com/library/miljokes/bloers.htm
given that I’m not ready to get down to business, I thought I might contribute some words to your evaluation that you evidently have to write for yourself????? Below are some words I thought of — then I decided to get really smartass and copy from the thesaurus for you! ha ha!
The “on the button” and “on the nose” (below) don’t sound like military lingo —- this is what happens when TriCare calls at 4:30 am…..
It made me so very happy to hear of your writing your OER (thanks for the defn!) cos that means you are in your final weeks! Hurray!!!!
This is another thing a retiree doesn’t worry about.
Even recalls don’t need an OER.