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Can I change Agree to Disagree on a counseling statement?

Got a counseling statement. I checked the agree box, but now want to change my mind. Can I do this?

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That depends on your chain of command’s willingness to respect your change of position. There are several possibilities.

Option 1: You could type a statement up and take it to the individual who counseled you and state something like: “I wish to change my position from agree to disagree.” If they allow you to make the change, simply cross through Agree initial it with a time and date. Initial disagree and then in the comment block write: “Please see attached statement dated: _____.”

Option 2: If they do not wish to allow you to change your decision, request that a copy of your statement be placed with your counseling statement. If they refuse, see the 1SG and ask for a copy to be filed with the counseling statement. If he disagrees, keep a copy of the statement in your records with a note stating that you attempted to provide the statement and were not allowed to attach the statement or change your decision. You should include who you spoke with, the time and date of the conversation, and the name of anyone who was in the room at the time.

posted on 09/28/2011 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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  • Mark Gerecht

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    Bryan,
    He can get angry if he desires, the bottom line is there is nothing in any regulation that states what the agree/disagree block means specifically. If you disagree you disagree and tell your side of the story. I have provided 2 additional articles for you to review below. I would also encourage you to search the site under the counseling related subject area. There are many Q&A’s and Articles that address your concerns. There is absolutely nothing that prevents you from disagreeing with a counseling. The session closing block is designed for you to tell your side of the story.

    http://asktop.net/q-and-a/what-do-i-do-when-a-soldier-checks-the-disagree-box-on-a-counseling/

    http://asktop.net/q-and-a/how-do-i-tell-my-side-of-the-story-on-a-counseling-statement/

  • Bryan

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    I received a counseling today, and when i check the box i disagree my plt sgt got agree and started yelling at me. Telling me that box is just to state if i understand the counseling or not, and that i am not to make any comments in the remarks section. I inserted a regulation in the manual in the remark of why i was disagreeing. What is the right answer to this, were can i write i disagree and why?

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