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How do I write a Plan of Action for a counseling statement?

I am writing a counseling and want to make sure I have a good plan of action. Do you have any guidance on how to develop a POA?

A good plan of action should contain specifics (e.g. date/time to complete a task, documentation or proof required). It is also important that the Soldier participate in the developing the Plan of Action.

Example plan of action for a Soldier in debt

Let’s say a Soldier owes a debt the plan might look like:

SPC Brown, you will contact ABC Cars and establish a plan to pay this debt.  You will provide proof the debt is paid or provide me a written agreement between you and the agency as to when and how this debt will be paid.  This will be accomplished by ___Date.  If you need my assistance or believe you are being treated unfairly let me know and I will assist you.

posted on 02/01/2011 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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