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What form should I use if my counseling is too long?

Is there a specific memo format to use if my counseling bullets are too long to fit in the counseling form?


Bottom line

That depends


DA FORM 4856 and Continuation of Counseling Form

If you are talking about the DA Form 4856 counseling form there is a continuation of counseling form you can use. It can be found in any of the Counsel Quick products or in the book called the Mentor.


You can find these items on at the following location

Counsel Quick:


DA Form 2166-9-1

If you are talking about the DA FORM 2166-9-1 used for the NCOER then you can use the memorandum format or use a DA Form 4856 with a continuation of counseling form.


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posted on 01/12/2018 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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