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Can someone of the same rank counsel me?

Can an NCO counsel another NCO of the same rank? Can an E6 give a counseling statement to another E6? I work with some Soldiers who think that they can do such a thing. I dont think they can because they are the same rank. If another E5 tried to counsel me, I'd likely take the counseling statement and rip it up and tell him to shove it. What is the Army reg on counselings?

Company Command: The Bottom Line - Army Leadership Guide

AR 600-20 spells out chain of command and when someone is in charge. For example, if an E-6 is senior in grade by date of rank he can rate you and counsel you. Typically, it will be from the perspective of being in charge of you. For example: If the Platoon Sergeant is an E-6, and the Squad Leader is an E-6, the Platoon Sergeant can counsel the Squad Leader – and even rate him – as long as he is senior in grade (See AR 623-3 on Rater requirements).

Another action might be that the Platoon Sergeant is junior in grade to the Squad Leader. In this case the Platoon Sergeant can counsel the Squad Leader, but not be his rater.

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  • Eck


    If your question is can an NCO rate another NCO with the same DOR, then the answer is yes. For example, a SSG in a platoon sergeant position can rate another SSG, say in a squad leader position, in the platoon with the same DOR.

  • Johnson


    What if the NCO’s have the same DOR?

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