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Does the Assessment Portion of the DA FORM 4856 have to be filled out?

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The assessment portion of the DA FORM 4856 reads: Assessment: (Did the plan of action achieve the desired results? This section is completed by both the leader and the individual counseled and provides useful information for follow-up counseling.)

Previous Version of FM 6-22 Appendix B

FM 6.22 Appendix B, Figure B-11 (Still in effect until ATP 6.22-1 comes out sometime in 2014) states The assessment of the plan of action provides useful information for future follow-up counseling.  This block should be completed prior to the start of a follow-up counseling session.  During an event oriented counseling session, the counseling session is not complete until this block is completed.

Doctrine Update FM 6-22, ATP 6-22.1, ADP/ADRP 6-22

The doctrine listed in the header above replaces FM 6-22 Appendix B, however it does not do away with the requirement to assess the status of the counseling session at some reasonable point in the future.  If you attempt to separate a Soldier from service and you submit a counseling packet in which the assessments are blank a good defense attorney will argue that sense no assessment of the counseling was made the forms are incomplete and therefore the counseling statements cannot be used for the separation.

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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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