FITREP Appeals are governed by MCO 1610.7A – Chapter 10. Appeals to the Chain of Command are handled internally through a Marine's chain of command. You may formally or informally appeal your negative FITREP. An informal appeal is a request that goes up to but not including your commanding officer. A formal appeal is requested through a special request chit requesting mast from your commanding officer. Appeals are adjudicated within the “lifelines” of a Marine's command. If a Marine does not agree with the decision after an appeal the Marine can submit a statement, request to correct the record or level a complaint against his commanding officer.
There is no timeline associated with submitting an appeal to the chain of command; however, you want to submit the appeal while the matter is still current and before your chain of command has transferred. If you are appealing an FITREP and the reporting senior has already transferred, your options are limited.
If both an informal appeal and formal appeal is unsuccessful, and the Marine chooses to pursue the issue, his next step is to request a record correction through the Board of Correction or an Article 138/1150 complaint.
If you receive a negative FITREP, you are entitled to submit a written appeal. Follow applicable instructions. It is important that you submit a professional, respectful, and persuasive appeal.
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