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How do I counsel a Soldier who failed his promotion board?

One of my Soldiers failed his promotion board. What kinds of things do I need to put on his counseling statement?

Failing a promotion board is a disappointing experience for a Soldier. No matter what you do, try to focus on the way forward. This is a temporary setback. It can be overcome with hard work.

AR 600-8-19 paragraph 3-47e states:

e. 5. REMARKS. Each voting member will for the purpose of counseling, comment on specific item(s) in which the Soldier appears noncompetitive and/or weak in this section.

Include these comments. Make sure the Soldier knows how he can improve. It would also be wise to include the next date that the Soldier can appear before the board.

posted on 03/13/2011 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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