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Can I be counseled in Jan (verbally) and then receive a counseling in March that is backdated to Jan?

Can you receive a counseling for over weight that's been giving in January but have to still sign it March and the date be changed back to the 29th of january?

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A counseling date cannot be backdated. Meaning the date the written counseling is signed will be the date the 4856 is placed in front of you to sign. For example: say you were counseled on 29 Jan (verbally) and then on 9 March you received the written counseling statement from that event. The counsel could state that on 29 Jan you were counseled for______ and you were informed the following actions would be taken. Then the date on the written counseling would be 9 March. If this is not the case you can line through the date and pen in the correct date. You have the option to disagree with the counseling based on the time that elasped between the verbal counseling and written counseling, you can attach a rebuttal to the counseling.

 You may find the following asktop.net informaiton useful:

Can a leader backdate a counseling?

Should I refuse to sign a counseling statement I do not agree with?

 Can my squad leader give me a backdated counseling statement?

 Can I order a Soldier to sign a DA Form 4856?

What are the time limits for giving a counseling statement?

How do I tell my side of the story?

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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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