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Does a CSM have to be counseled in writing?

Does a CSM have to be counseled formally or can he be counseled verbally? What regulation covers this?

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Counseling can be verbal in nature as an on-the-spot correction. Any counseling designed to correct a significant shortcoming needs to be addressed in writing. The regulations that cover counseling are FM 6.22, AR 623-3, AR 635-200, and AR 600-20. The rank of the individual does not matter.

However, the fact that we are discussing a CSM is significant because it indicates a serious problem. Any attempt to provide a below average evaluation report or remove the individual from a position of trust or responsibility should be documented in writing if it is to be taken seriously.

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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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