Referral OPRs are defined in Instruction 36-2406, paragraph 1.10. A report that contains any of the following rating or remarks by an evaluator must be referred to you for comment:
1) An officer fails to meet standards in any one of the listed performance factors, in Section III or Section IX of the OPR, the overall evaluation will be a "Does Not Meet Standards" evaluation and the evaluation must be referred. Note: If the evaluation is marked “Does Not Meet Standards,” there must be a comment pertaining to the behavior in the referring evaluator’s assessment block. Comments in the referral memorandum do not meet this requirement.
2) Comments, regardless of the ratings if applicable, or the attachments to that evaluation, that are derogatory in nature, imply or refer to behavior incompatible with, or not meeting minimum acceptable standards of personal or professional conduct, character, judgment or integrity, and/or refer to disciplinary actions.
A report does not, however, have to be referred to you just because it mentions less than acceptable performance, dress, bearing, judgment, leadership, supervision or similar subjective areas. Such a report may be referred to you if the rater desires.
When you receive a Referral OPR, you are entitled to three duty days to submit a written response or rebuttal. Your written response must be limited to ten (10) single-sided pages. Your written response becomes a part of the official record, so it is important that you submit a professional, respectful, and persuasive response.
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