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Counseling

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What does an initial NCOER counseling cover?

I am a new rater and will begin counseling my subordinates next week. Do you have any guidance on what my initial counseling should look like?.. Read the Answer»

Is there an NCOER counseling outline available?

I have looked all over and cannot find what is supposed to be covered and how a counseling session for an NCOER is suppose to work. Do you have an outline or something?.. Read the Answer»

How does the NCOER counseling process work?

Can you please explain exactly how the NCOER counseling process works?.. Read the Answer»

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?.. Read the Answer»

When do I fill out the assessment portion of the DA Form 4856?

Nobody seems to have any information on when and how to fill out the assessment block of the 4856. TOP, what's the answer?.. Read the Answer»

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

When do I destroy the counseling statements I have on my Soldiers?.. Read the Answer»

Army verbal counseling

Verbal Counseling Guidelines Normally when we think of counseling we think in terms of a written counseling form.  Believe it or not you counsel Soldiers every day.  A formal verbal counseling could be as simple as calling a Soldier in …Read More

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What’s the “magic statement”?

So what is the Magic Statement and what does it say? Where can I find it?We always referred to it as the "magic bullet." Bullet being one of the items listed on a counseling statement. The one I always provided for use was:You are being formally counseled IAW AR 635-200, paragraph 1-16, concerning the above noted deficiencies.  You will be given a reasonable period of time to correct these deficiencies and to rehabilitate yourself to meet acceptable standards of conduct and duty performance.  Your conduct will be monitored during this period of time and you will be given opportunity to prove yourself.  Continued unsatisfactory conduct/duty performance will result in your involuntary separation under the provisions of AR 635-200 Chapter 5-8, 5-13, 13, 14-12a, or 14-12b, and you may receive a Honorable Discharge (Chapters 5-8, 5-13, 13, 14-12a, or 14-12b), General Discharge (Chapters 5-8, 5-13, 13, 14-12a, or 14-12b), or Other Than Honorable discharge (Chapters 14-12a or 14-12b only).  An involuntary Honorable discharge will qualify you for most benefits resulting from military service except eligibility for immediate enlistment and eligibility for benefits requiring you to have served a certain portion of your period of enlistment, e.g. Post 9/11 Education Benefits.  If you receive a General discharge, you may be ineligible for some veteran's benefits, you may experience difficulty in getting preferred civilian employment, and you will be ineligible for enlistment for a period of two years.  If you receive an Other Than Honorable discharge, you may be ineligible for many or all benefits as a veteran under both federal and state laws, and you may expect to encounter substantial prejudice in civilian life including prejudice in obtaining civilian employment.  You will also be ineligible for enlistment.Eck.. Read the Answer»

What regulation requires me to use the Magic Statement?

Where does the requirement for the Magic Statement come from?.. Read the Answer»