Online guide to completing and improving your US Navy FITREPs and Evals
SUGGESTIONS ON WRITING
YOUR FITREP OR OR EVAL
1. Focus on primary duty and be outstanding. No amount of collateral duties can make
up for mediocrity in an officer’s primary duty. However, collateral duties can help to round
out an officer’s overall experience.
2. Emphasize the 4 Ps - Performance, Participation, Progression and Potential. It's all
about performance; being the best at what an officer’s does; being involved at different
levels; demonstrating increased capability and leadership skills; and showing that the
officer has the ability to be a leader in Naval Medicine. Bullets for senior officers should
show far-reaching impact and clearly demonstrate leadership qualities.
3. Bulletize your statements. Don't expect or rely on a board member to figure out
exactly what the officer did and why it is important. Tell them! When feasible, start each
bullet with a hard-hitting action word, such as completed, initiated, co-authored,
implemented, and developed. Bullets that start out "As Chair of the Committee for
Protection of Human Subjects..." or "While serving as a Special Assistant to the
Commanding Officer..." or "In her role as Department Head...." quickly lose their impact.
4. Write “cause and effect” bullets. Write what the officer did, what the positive
outcome was, and clearly state what the benefit was to the command, specialty community
and Corps, Naval Medicine or the Navy in general. Do not write a job description. A busy
reporting senior will likely adopt well-written comments verbatim.
5. Avoid use of techno babble and scientific jargon. Selection boards consist of
specialists from many fields and backgrounds. Therefore, the narrative should be written
for someone with no background in the specialty. Few will care what the title of a scientific
article is or what journal it was published in. It is the significance of the article and its
impact on the Navy that counts.
6. Work on input year round. Officers should keep track of their accomplishments
throughout the year, not wait until a few days before fitrep input is due. Officers should
keep electronic and hard copy “Brag Files” and place potential items for fitness report
input into these files throughout the year. Fitness report block numbers should break
down input in order to make it easier for the reporting senior.
7. Pay attention to Block 40. Selection boards look at the recommendations for next
assignment. Recommended milestones should be aligned with an officer’s current rank
and experience. For example, a newly promoted LCDR should not be recommended for
CO of an MTF, but rather for Department Head, staff, etc.