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Can I be counseled using email?

Can I be counseled by email?

While this is an unorthodox approach, I believe based on geographical separation this might be an acceptable option. AR 623-3 allows for telephonic and written correspondence to be used as alternatives to face to face counseling with regard to evaluation counselings; it also states it should be followed up with a face to face counseling at the earliest opportunity.

Now if this counseling is being conducted via email and there is no geographical separation, then I would see this approach as unprofessional and inappropriate. However, if the Counselor is simply providing you a “Read Ahead” copy of the counseling statement so that you can be well prepared to discuss the matter when you have a face to face session, then I would see it as appropriate and a useful way of encouraging participation from the Counselee’s perspective.

posted on 12/09/2013 under Q&A
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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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