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Is it true when a new leader takes over I get a fresh start and my previous counselings no longer matter?

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No regulation states this. Every counseling statement should remain a part of your record while assigned to that unit. Once you leave the unit your counseling packet should be destroyed or in the case of a rehabilitative transfer it should be sent to the gaining unit.

The footer on the DA FORM 4856 specifically states: This form will be destroyed upon: reassignment (other than rehabilitative transfers), separation at ETS, or upon retirement. For separation requirements and notification of loss of benefits/consequences see local directives and AR 635-200.

What may be happening in this situation is that the new NCOIC is stating that they are going to look at everyone with a fresh start and ensure they receive a fair and just assessment. However, they should not discard or remove counselings from the counseling packet and destroy them.

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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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