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Is Receiving a Counseling Statement and an Article 15 for the Same thing Double Jeopardy?

I got a negative counseling statement and flagged for lying on a document. Now I am facing a Field Grade Article 15. I just received my first reading. Isn't this double jeopardy It's the exact same reason and the exact same incident.. Read the Answer»

What Punishment Can I Expect for Lying to an NCO?


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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.- Colin Powell

Unauthorized Documents for the AMHRR

The following are examples of documents that are routinely sent to HRC but are NOT AUTHORIZED for filing in the AMHRR: Certificates of training not listed in DA Pam 351-4 ITC Training and German Headstart Time Management Course Stress Management Course Counseling Techniques Course Unit Awards (these are posted to your ERB i.e., Army Superior Unit Award, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Valorous Unit Award) Orders awarding or changing an MOS or skill identifier Illegible documents Read more

Does an SOP have to be posted or easily accessible for Soldiers to Read


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Can I deny Someone from being Present During my Counseling Session?

My NCO does my counseling's but our temporary Platoon SGT, who is an E-6 wants to sit in when we do our sessions. Can I deny his presence during the counseling?.. Read the Answer»

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He who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; he who does not ask the question remains a fool forever.

Requesting A Standby Advisory Board (STAB): Promotions for SFC, MSG, and SGM

Overview You may have heard NCOs stating that they were applying for a second look promotion. They were referring to a STAB. There are many misconceptions about a STAB. If you have prepared yourself, for the centralized promotion board, you should never have to request a STAB. The purpose of a STAB is to make recommendations on individual cases regarding promotion or removal from a current recommended list. The STAB is not a selection or promotion board but an advisory body convened to make recommendations Read more

Can a Soldier Pull back to Back Duty?

Can a soldier pull duty back to back? Duty on Monday and then again on Wednesday that same week?.. Read the Answer»

If I am QMP’d can the unit retain me past my QMP ETS date?

If a soldier's ETS date is in 2021 but the QMP board changed their separation date to May 1 2016, can the soldier be retained beyond this new separation date or can the army hold them to their "contractual ETS" in order to process an administrative separation? I know that AR 635-200 para 1-26 says "Retention beyond a Soldier's ETS to process administrative separation proceedings pursuant to this regulation is not authorized. If it is desirable to retain a Soldier beyond the ETS for any reason other than those covered by paragraphs 1-21 through 1-24, request for approval of such action must be submitted". Well, what if the unit actually submits this request? Is the soldier entitled to the request paperwork? Has this ever happened? Under what circumstances does HRC approve these requests? .. Read the Answer»

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit.

When Should I Expect to Take a FOR RECORD APFT Upon Return from Deployment

I am Deployed and overdue for a PT test. When I return to the states I will only have been deployed for 2 months. When should I expect my next record PT test?.. Read the Answer»

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