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Is the counselor required to sign the DA FORM 4856 or can someone else do it?

Does the person who is listed as the Counselor on a DA form 4856 need to sign the form throughout, or can another NCO sign the counseling? I have reviewed several references, but nothing I have found addresses this directly.

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I find this to be a strange question as I cannot imagine any situation in which would be counseled by someone and someone else would sign the DA 4856.  The person signing the DA FORM 4856 needs to be the same person that wrote and conducted the session.  The Counselor’s signature is verification that they wrote and conducted the counseling session.

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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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