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Should I counsel a Soldier Who is in Their Reenlistment Window but Chooses not to Reenlist?

Should I counsel a Soldier Who is in Their Reenlistment Window but Chooses not to Reenlist?

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During my career I watched numerous Soldier pass up promotion boards, schools, and other career enhancing events because they were not going to reenlist.  However most of them reenlisted at the last minute. This initial decision caused them to  lose out on many opportunities.

Counseling Template

________{insert Rank/Name}, on ________{insert date}, we discussed your potential reenlistment. Your current ETS date is:___________{insert date}, your current reenlistment window  closes on or about ________{insert date}. Should you choose not to reenlist within your reenlistment window which ends on or about ________{insert date}. There is very little chance you will be allowed to reenlist as the Army is changing reenlistment requirements to meet drawndown requirements.________{insert specifics}. Furthermore I highly encourage you to attend all promotion boards, schooling, or any other event that will have a positive impact on your career should you decide to reenlist.

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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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