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Do monthly counseling statments have any impact in the civilian world?

My squad leader writes really weird stuff on my monthly counseling. The guy just doesn't get it. I don't think these have any impact in the civilian world and I don't plan on staying in the Army. Can I just refuse to sign or write some dumb comments to get a rise out of him?

The Mentor - A Comprehensive Guide to Army Counseling and Leadership

Firstly, counseling statements have no impact in the civilian world. The DA Form 4856 states they should be destroyed when you leave the unit unless it is a rehabilitative transfer.

With regard to refusing to sign and writing “dumb comments to get a rise”  I would not recommend these actions as it lowers your creditability and professionalism. The best plan is to remain professional; simply disagree with significant inaccuracies. Keep your options open. I have known more than one Soldier who burned bridges because they were “getting out of the Army”  only to reenlist and have to live with the consequences of their poor choices. It’s a good life lesson, keep your options open, do what’s right and good things happen.

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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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