Using Navfit98 can be difficult at times but I've always thought there is something more difficult than using Navfit98 - what to put in your evals. For me, learning a program such as Navfit98 has been easier than remembering what I did throughout the year!
There is a quick and effective way to improve your Navy evaluations. You don't even need Navfit to do this - all you have to do is start a word document and write down everything you have done throughout the year.
Throughout the year, as you do things of significance, write it in your brag sheet. Include the date and description of what you did. I usually name the file "brag sheet 2021" or "brag sheet 2022." When it's time to write your evals, you will have had everything written throughout the year. That's when its time to really use Navfit98 and make yourself shine. You would believe the “small” things you forgot only to see it on paper and say “Oh yeah, I did that!”
Here's another point to consider. Turning in a printed brag sheet or Navfit rough draft full of details will impress your supervisor or Chief. This will show that you care about your career and professional development. Watch that grammar though! Turning in a carefully drafted sheet will show proof of your writing communication skills. If you compare someone who has turned in a poorly hand written brag sheet with someone who has turned in a detailed sheet, Eval or Chiefeval file then who is the Chief or supervisor going to be more impressed with?
If your writing skills aren't up to snuff then it's time to visit your base Navy College Learning Center. Many Naval installations offer basic skill courses and its free. You can also try Navy E-Learning Online. Once you've taken a course, don't forget to include it in your evals! Oh, and make sure it gets put in your military records. Get the picture now?
You can use two alternative methods of tracking your accomplishment, using either the E1 - E6 diary or brag sheet. My preferred method was the diary because you can jot down what you accomplish and not worry about it until it is time to write your brag sheet or evals. Either way, print the sheet and keep a record of what you do throughout the year. Also reference a copy of NAVPERS 1616/26 (Link provided in "Instructions".) It will help you become familiar with the eval process and what to log.