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Can I secretly record a counseling session?

My leader and I do not get along. When we have a counseling session he becomes degrading and abusive. I have told him I don't appreciate it and he continues to do it and threaten me with UCMJ. Can I record our counseling sessions?


There is nothing to my knowledge that prevents you from recording the conversation.  It is unfortunate that you feel you would have to resort to this action to protect yourself.  If you choose this course of action I would encourage you not to flaunt the recording of the session.  If there is something in the recording that is inappropriate or illegal I would encourage you to take the recording to your local JAG to ensure any actions you take are not illegal and will not get you in trouble.  The JAG could assist you in coming up with a plan to address the issue in a professional manner with your chain of command.

posted on 04/28/2014 under Q&A
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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