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Does the person who wrote the counseling have to sign it?

Short Answer Yes, the person that wrote the counseling statement must sign the counseling statement. Discussion While there is nothing in counseling doctrine that specifically states this it is common sense and it is also implied when reading counseling doctrine. Think of it as a contract to be a legal document a signature is required.  However keep in mind this could have simply been an administrative oversight.  If the Counselor later discovers that they forgot to sign the form the fix Read more

Will lifting weight help me on my PT test?

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Will lifting weight help me on my PT test? Yes and no. If you are lifting heavy weights in low reps, it won’t help you at all. In fact, if that is the only way you are lifting weights, you may be seriously damaging your joints. If you are lifting 10-15 reps, resting only a few breaths between sets, and targeting total body fitness, then this weight lifting can help increase your strength and stamina as well as help increase your PT test score significantly. Check out my book MAX Out the Army, Navy, Read more

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

Should I invest in a good pair of running shoes?

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Should I invest in a good pair of running shoes? Yes! Don’t purchase just any old shoes. Shoes make a difference. Invest in a good pair if for no other reason than to protect your knees and ankles from arthritis by the time you hit your early 30’s. Get a running shoe designed for your type of feet. To figure out your type of feet, go see a doctor or go to a shoe store that has a Dr Scholl’s or Aetrex foot computer to determine if you need a small, medium, large, or arch support in your shoes. Replace Read more

I Was Discovered On a Boat In the Bering Sea

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“Hide not your talents.  They for use were made.  What’s a sundial in the shade?” -Benjamin Franklin We all have a talent, something we enjoy doing so much that it rarely, if ever, feels like work.  Matter of fact, you probably enjoy doing so much that you even do it for free.  That is usually why we tend to think it doesn’t qualify as something worth bringing to the attention of our commanding officer.  It could be a special ability like that for sculpting, painting, lettering, a knack for Read more

I have been exercising and now I have a painful bump in my arm pit. What is it, how did I get it, and what do I stop exercising?

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At some time or another, the majority of people get that painful, red mass in one or both of their arm pits. This is called an abscess and it came about because a sweat gland got blocked or it is a boil, which is an abscess infection that forms around a hair follicle. Common causes are your deodorant plugging your pores (consider changing your deodorant), extra heat generated that opens the pores and something gets clogged in a pore, or it simply can be an infection from bacteria build-up in the Read more

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

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

Army overweight counseling

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We’ve all heard it before: staying fit is simple math. The equation in question is calories in versus calories out. As military professionals, staying in shape is not a cosmetic choice. It is a career decision and all too often, a matter of life or death. Soldier fitness: Calories in versus calories out Eat less. Work out more. It is a s simple as the lessons you learned in basic. We all get suck in the gears that make the Army run, but we cannot forget that we are all soldiers first. Soldiers Read more

Can I be counseled for an event that happened 8 months ago?

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Short Answer Yes you can but it does not make sense Discussion ATP 6-22.1 para 2-30. states: Counseling tied to a specific event should happen as closely to the event occurrence as possible. For performance or professional development counseling, subordinates may need a week or more to prepare or review specific documents and resources, including evaluation support forms or counseling records Based on the situation you outlined it appears this may be motivated by emotion and or the leader was Read more

Can a Soldier be required to sign a counseling statement while on medication?

Top, I was on some medication and was given a counseling statement for something. I did not feel comfortable signing the counseling statement. Can they make me sign a counseling statement when I am on medication?.. Read the Answer»

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