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Do I need to conduct promotion counseling for overweight but otherwise eligible Soldiers?

Does an E-4 with the correct TIS and TIG requirements on the overweight program have to receive a promotion counseling? I am under the impression he already knows why he isn’t recommended. Other than being overweight, he is great Soldier.

The Mentor - A Comprehensive Guide to Army Counseling and Leadership

I would encourage you to conduct a counseling if only because AR 600-8-19 specifically states a Soldier who is fully eligible will be counseled. Simply tell the Soldier he is doing a great job and, if his performance is still to standard when he resolves the weight issue,  you will consider recommending him for promotion at that time. If nothing else use it as a motivator. You may also discover things you did not realize by conducting this counseling. For example, the Soldier may not be interested in being promoted.

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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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