So, You Want to Write an Eval
So you want to know....

Michelle OBriant

Table of Contents:
Goals and Objectives
    • Learning Objectives
    • Understandings & Standards
Video Overview
    • Stuff you should know
    • Go Here
    • About Me
Lesson Plan
Lesson Plan
Focus Content Area:
Professional Development
Other: Military Professional Training

Secondary Content Area:

Goals and Objectives:

Learning Objectives

Lesson Objective    

The objective of the lesson is to familiarize Navy personnel how to work with the known bugs in the software, and learn how to navigate within the restrictions of the program. This tutorial is to refresh the skills of those who have not written E-1 to E-6 EVALs in a while, and to teach junior personnel how to input information for senior leadership review. This tutorial is NOT intended for personnel who are already well reversed with NAVFIT; nor is it intended to fix the bugs within the software.

     After completing this lesson the audience will be able to:

Required Materials

Understandings & Standards

  Importance of a Properly Written Evaluation (Eval)

  An Naval Performance Evaluation is used to document a sailors accomplishments and qualifications earned over a reporting period. While a reporting period is normally 12 months long, an eval can be written to cover a shorter or longer period of time. The information in an evaluation effect a sailor's entire career. This document is used to judge if personnel is ready for advancement to the next rank. It can provide evidence in Non Judicial Punishment Hearings. It is reviewed before a sailor is allowed to transfer duty stations or can reenlist. It is important for an eval writer to understand that he or she holds someone's career in their hands when they write an eval.

Video Overview:

Stuff you should know


For military personnel there are requirements for Fitness Reports (FITREPs) and
Performance Evaluations (EVALs) in any give situation.These situations could be for a permanent change of station (PCS) move, promotion, voluntary or involuntary separation, and/or for any other unforeseen incident.  Many inexperienced junior and senior personnel are ensure how to use the NAVFIT software to write these reports.  Inexperienced sailors create an added burden for their leaders and co-workers who have to stop working on their own projects to help them. A lesson for NAVFIT would allow help new personnel understand the proper procedures to input and validate information and import and export files for transfer and review.


  1. Students should print out a copy of the Evaluation Form     Evaluation Form
  2. Follow the form while watching the video below.
  3. Refer to this link for more information. Eval Manual
Local Command Evaluation Guide
Please note: This guide is for training purposes only.  It is provided to teach students basic evaluation writing skills, and as supplemental information for the video below.  Due to the constant changes within the Navy, some of this information may be out of date.  Please check BUPERS Instruction 1610.10 and current NAVADMIN messages for the most up to date rules and regulations.  Also, please check with your chain of command to inquire about your reporting seniorís requirements for block 43 comments bullet formatting.   


Go Here

Useful links

NAVFIT Software Information
Minor Update to NAVFIT
Navy Eval Manual
Summary Letter
E1 to E6 Evaluation Form
Individual Augmentee Eval Rules
Revised Eval Policy
 Revised Rules for E5 Promotion Ranks
 Navy Personnel Command

Useful Navy Writing Sources:

Navy Eval and Fitrep Writing Guide

Navy Writer

Help for writing performance evaluations

Writing a Bibliography - use to cite sources using APA or MLA style.

Citation Tools

How to Cite Electronic Information
Citation Machine


About Me


      My name is Michelle O'Briant. I am a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy.  I am originally from Chicago, and have lived in the Ventura County area for the last six years.  For the last 15 years I have served several roles in the US Navy.  First, I was merely a worker, troubleshooting and repairing aircraft electronics equipment.  As my time in the military progressed, and I advanced through the ranks, I became a supervisor, manager, administrator, and trainer of junior sailors.  As Training Petty Officer and later Training  Department Chief I developed classes and wrote lectures on topics such as equipment safety, Naval history, and electronics troubleshooting/repair techniques, and Naval Aviation Maintenance Program (NAMP) quality assurance requirements.