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Can I backdate a counseling statement?

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This is a common question. Typically, backdating counseling statements is unacceptable, especially if it puts the Soldier at a disadvantage.  There are no Field Manuals or Regulations that specifically address this matter. The DA Form 4856 is a written record of the counseling session and should be completed during or immediately after a counseling session. In my humble opinion the DA Form 4856 should reflect the actual date the form is signed.  The contents of the counseling could reference Read more

How do I conduct a monthly counseling on a Soldier that was on leave for the entire month?

Top, I have a Soldier that was no leave for the entire month. My chain of command wants me to do a monthly counseling on the Soldier. How is this even possible...it makes no sense to me? .. Read the Answer»

Does the Assessment Portion of the DA FORM 4856 have to be filled out?


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How to reslove an issue

Soldiers sometimes have issues that they believe are not being properly addressed by their chain of command. Usually this is the result of a lack of understanding or poor communication between leaders and Soldiers. So the question becomes how does the Soldier attempt to resolve the issue? Start at the bottom and work your way up The answer is usually very simple. Talk to your chain of command. In most cases the issue is the result of a simple misunderstanding and open communication can usually Read more

What is the definition of a Leader as it pertains to counseling?

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Army leader Anyone who by virtue of assumed role or assigned responsibility inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational goals. Army leaders motivate people both inside and outside the chain of command to pursue actions, focus thinking and shape decisions for the greater good of the organization. Glossary 1 ADP 6-22 Feedback Hope this helps! Did you find this information useful?  We Appreciate your feedback! TOP Please Read! Help Us Help Others! If you think this Read more

Can a Soldier with less than 1 year of service be flagged for failing the APFT and/or HT/WT?

Can a soldier with less then one year in the army be flagged for failing an APFT or HT/WT... Read the Answer»

Can Army Retirees Take Army Correspondence Courses?

I'm retired army and like to take army correspondent courses in technical trades for job skills improvement. Construction, plumbing and electrical. Can i get these courses for certification? .. Read the Answer»

Can I Be Flagged For Failing An APFT While Deployed?

Situation a soldier takes a for record PT test and passed, then while deployed takes another for record PT test and fails (he was sick). There were only 40 days between both tests. Can this Soldier be flagged? .. Read the Answer»

Can A Commander Require A Retired Soldier Recalled To Active Duty To Participate In PT?

Can the commander dictate or mandate Retired Soldiers to do group PT? .. Read the Answer»

I Just Returned From Deployment- How Long Do I Have to Prepare For The APFT?

My unit returned from deployment in December. We were administered an APFT test in February. I was flagged in June. Is there something I can do to have this flag removed... Read the Answer»

Counseling in the Digitial 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. Discussion 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 Read more

What can I do to a Soldier that secretly recorded our counseling session?

Top, I had a Soldier secretly record a counseling session in which I was not the most professional leader. What can I do to him? Can he use this against me? What can I do about it?.. Read the Answer»

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