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How do I tell my side of the story on a counseling statement?

I am in E-5 in the Army National Guard. I recently received a counseling statement that I have not signed because I believe it does not sufficiently explain the incident. Some of the information is incorrect as well and I have documentation to support my claim of inaccuracies. Should I sign the counseling statement? How can I tell my side of the issue?

Should I sign an Army counseling statement I do not agree with?

Rather than refusing to sign your counseling statement, you can sign and write a rebuttal.

I always encourage Soldiers to sign their counselings even when they do not agree with them. If you do not agree, check the “disagree” box and make a comment in the session closing block.

With regard to your specific question I suggest the following actions:

  • Check the appropriate box in session closing box (I assume you would check disagree)
  • Write something like, “I do not believe this counseling statement accurately reflects the facts pertaining to this issue. Please see attached statement and supporting documentation.”
  • Write a memorandum for record stating your side of the issue and include your supporting documentation as an attachment.

You should also consider emailing a copy to the individual conducting the counseling so you have an electronic record as well as the physical record. You should receive a copy of the counseling statement as well.

posted on 08/31/2011 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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