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Counseling

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Can I backdate a counseling statement?

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This is a common question. Typically, backdating counseling statements is unacceptable, especially if it puts the Soldier at a disadvantage.  There are no Field Manuals or Regulations that specifically address this matter. The DA Form 4856 is a written record of the counseling session and should be completed during or immediately after a counseling session. In my humble opinion the DA Form 4856 should reflect the actual date the form is signed.  The contents of the counseling could reference Read more

Does the Assessment Portion of the DA FORM 4856 have to be filled out?


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What is the definition of a Leader as it pertains to counseling?

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Army leader Anyone who by virtue of assumed role or assigned responsibility inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational goals. Army leaders motivate people both inside and outside the chain of command to pursue actions, focus thinking and shape decisions for the greater good of the organization. Glossary 1 ADP 6-22 Feedback Hope this helps! Did you find this information useful?  We Appreciate your feedback! TOP Please Read! Help Us Help Others! If you think this Read more

Counseling in the Digitial Age

Recording Devices and Counseling This is the first in a series of articles concerning the use of recording devices as they relate to counseling and other situations within today’s military. Discussion Over the past year I have been asked numerous times to discuss the likelihood and legality of recording a counseling session between a supervisor and a Soldier.  I have had numerous situations and variety of scenarios presented to me through ASKTOP.net and during my travels to conduct book signings Read more

What should I do when I receive a Soldier’s counseling packet that is missing counseling statements?

I recently received a Soldier in my squad. His counseling packet was missing several monthly counseling statements. What should I do about this?.. Read the Answer»

How do I make my Soldiers part of the counseling process?


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Can I be counseled for an event that happened 8 months ago?

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Short Answer Yes you can but it does not make sense Discussion ATP 6-22.1 para 2-30. states: Counseling tied to a specific event should happen as closely to the event occurrence as possible. For performance or professional development counseling, subordinates may need a week or more to prepare or review specific documents and resources, including evaluation support forms or counseling records Based on the situation you outlined it appears this may be motivated by emotion and or the leader was Read more

Who can view a counseling statement once it is completed?

Once a soldier is counseled who can view or receive the counseling form? Can the counseling statement be released to the chain of command for example the Brigade S-1?.. Read the Answer»

I received 2 counseling statements for the color of my nail polish- What can my they really do to me?

I got my second counseling statement today because of the color of my nail polish. What happens when you get two?.. Read the Answer»

Can a Soldier be required to sign a counseling statement while on medication?

Top, I was on some medication and was given a counseling statement for something. I did not feel comfortable signing the counseling statement. Can they make me sign a counseling statement when I am on medication?.. Read the Answer»

I am getting an Article 15 for supposedly lying about pulling my guard duty shift but I pulled the shift- What can I do?

My leadership is giving me an Article 15 (summarized) for lying to an NCO, which they have absolutely no proof I lied. They are saying I lied about pulling my guard shift while in the field. While everyone else was asleep I was doing my guard shift. I wake up and I'm getting yelled at for not doing my shift. When was asked I told my E6 squad leader I did my shift, he called me a liar and has proceeded to push the Article 15 since. How should I handle this situation?.. Read the Answer»

Can I counsel a Soldier that is not in my Chain of Command or NCO Support Channel?

Can someone outside a Soldiers chain of command issue a professional development counseling? The FM 6-22 and the counseling form use the term "leader" as the one giving the counseling. What is the definition of leader per Army Doctrine with regard to counseling...really need this information as this situation is turning into something it should not... Read the Answer»

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