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Should the DA FORM 4856 be used when counseling Officers?

Do Officers use DA Form 4856 for corrective counseling to their subordinate Officers?

The Mentor - A Comprehensive Guide to Army Counseling and Leadership

Yes, the DA FORM 4856 should be used to counsel Officers.  If additional room is required you can use a continuation of counseling form or simply annotate in the key points of discussion box: see attached memorandum.

If you the counseling session is an evaluation oriented counseling you should use the evaluation forms and support forms as the basis for the conversation and use the DA Form 4856 with continuation of counseling to elaborate on specific areas.

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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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