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Do counseling statements have expiration dates?

How long is a counseling form good for?

Counseling statements are a formal record of an event. There is no expiration on a counseling statement. They are disposed of in accordance with the directions located on the footer of the DA Form 4856. This statement reads in part that the form will be destroyed upon separation, retirement, reassignment, PCS, or ETS.  It also states that if the transfer is of a rehabilitative nature all counseling records will be forwarded to the gaining (destination) command.

posted on 08/08/2011 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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  • SGT K


    Is there any guidance on a supervisor uses a counseling that, per the footer, should have been destroyed to make damaging remarks about a Soldier to a possible employer?

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