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Counseling in the Digital Age

Recording Devices and Counseling

This is the first in a series of articles concerning the use of recording devices as they relate to counseling and other situations within today’s military.


Over the past year I have been asked numerous times to discuss the likelihood and legality of recording a counseling session between a supervisor and a Soldier.  I have had numerous situations and variety of scenarios presented to me through ASKTOP.net and during my travels to conduct book signings and professional development sessions throughout the nation.

I have been hesitant to address the issue for a variety of reasons; specifically I did not want the topic to become a point of discussion that allowed Soldiers to undermine their chain of command. However, after careful consideration and repeated requests, I feel it appropriate to discuss the issue as it appears to be becoming an unspoken issue within our military ranks.

posted on 12/12/2016 under Articles
Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training..

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