The Air Force EPR
It’s an unfortunate fact of Air Force life that no matter how hard you work or how many hours you put in, your efforts won’t be recognized unless they can be accurately represented by the words contained on a single sheet of paper —your EPR. Performance reports are among the most important documents you’re likely to encounter during your military career.
That single sheet of paper affects your chances for promotion, your assignment options, training opportunities, and your entire future in the military. No other document has as much effect on your Air Force career or your life. So it’s important that you take the time and do a good job on your and your troops’ EPR. If you’re the ratee, make sure that when your supervisor asks for input or epr bullets for your EPR that you provide as much information as you can. Providing material for your EPR is not doing your supervisor’s job. It’s an opportunity to have some influence on your EPR! It’s like your supervisor handed you a blank check and said, fill in whatever you want! Because EPRs have a lot of weight in determining if you get promoted and reach your career goals. And a promotion means an immediate raise of thousands of dollars a year. I don’t know about you but I could definitely use the money. So when my supervisor gives me a chance to have some input on my performance review, I’m taking it!
But often, when the time for the annual performance review rolls around, a lot of people find it difficult to write or provide input for their evaluation. I think the hardest thing for most of us is to come up with 15 accomplishments to fill the blocks on the AF Form 910. The things we do every day seem pretty routine and just don’t seem important enough to put in an EPR. But they are. The work that all of us do every day is indispensable to the Air Force’s mission. It just takes a little thought to bring it to light and express its full impact. To help in identifying your noteworthy achievements, take a look at our EPR pages and example EPR bullets. If you know what you want to say but just can’t find the phrase that sounds right, check this list of performance report phrases. Maybe you’ll find what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for some ideas for accomplishments in specific career fields, the AFSC-specific EPR bullets at eprbulletsafsc.com might help give you some ideas on how to document your work.