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How long do I keep the DA Form 4856 on file?

When do I destroy the counseling statements I have on my Soldiers?

Specific instructions can be found on the bottom of the DA Form 4856.  It states “This form will be destroyed upon reassignment (other than rehabilitative), separation, ETS, or upon retirement. For separation requirements and notification of loss of benefits/consequences see local directives and AR 600-235”

posted on 12/15/2010 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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