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Navy EVAL and FITREP Writing Guide Paperback – December 1, 1989


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Professional Management; 3 edition (December 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1879123061
  • ISBN-13: 978-1879123069
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Chris Garvin on December 17, 2001
This is another of the "pick a phrase from column A" books that makes awards and evals so difficult to wade through. The same trite phrases we've all seen, like "meticulous attenion to detail..." and "impressive military bearing-- consistently outstanding in PRT".
The boards know you just picked sentences out of this book-- if you write evals with it, you do yourself and your troops a disservice.
Its sole use is as a thesaurus, when you just can't find another way to say "Outstanding".
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Iryshkidd on December 1, 2006
ANY leader who uses this to find ways to describe their sailors has no business writing their evals. These "phrases" are tired and unoriginal; they are fluff, unsubstantial, non-quantitative, and demonstrate lack of vocabulary, ability to construct meaningful sentences, and lack of creative writing ability. It's a moderate "reference" for certain types of guidelines as far as form, or certain criteria if you are a novice eval/fitrep writer. If you can't spell, don't know the difference between LEAD and LED (as in past tense leadership), and fill your sentences with far too many prepositions, use this to de-junk your writing, to find a concise way to just get to the point. Any board in the Navy will recognize these meaningless "BLURBS" and it will diminish the credibility and weight of the block 43 write up. 20+ years of evals/and fitreps and still writing!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Richard J. Osborn on December 25, 2005
If you are looking for a book to help your Sailors to get promoted, use the Guide to Naval Writing! This book will not do it, period!
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This book gives you evaluation/fitrep writing guidelines more applicable to the old Navy evaluation program (pre-Admiral Borda). It no substitute for applicable BUPERS instructions (like 1610.10B instruction) which is based more on quantifiable performance description than "poetic writing abilities".

Pros:
Shows the importance & consequence of word selection,
Gives many examples of bad to stellar evaluations,
Helps select the right word, qualifier and synonym to properly describe performance,
Can be useful for inexperienced managers for starters,
Provides good go-by for counseling and performance appraisal in certain civilian activities.

Cons:
This "abundant wording" evaluation type is outdated in the military & does not apply to the current system of performance evaluation,
Should not be used as recipe book,
Can be temptation for using "ready-made" comments which would be a disservice to your subordinates,

This book illustrates the spectrum of service member performance by pointing out importance of writing personnel evaluation properly. Years ago, as a rookie division officer, I found it a useful for illustrating various styles of performance appraisal. I recommend it for inexperienced department heads while keeping the previously described limitations in mind.
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By Jonsey on September 22, 2011
This product is only $27.95 at the NEX... view the larger image of the book on amazon and you can see the price is clearly marked on the cover.
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