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Who gets copies of an Army counseling statement?

What regualtion states who gets a copy of the completed DA Form 4856?

The Mentor - A Comprehensive Guide to Army Counseling and Leadership

At one time many years ago it was printed on the DA FORM 4856 itself. It appears this information has been removed.

Previously the document stated copies would go to the individual being counseled and the leader conducting the counseling. I also suggest forwarding a copy to the unit orderly room for record-keeping. To my knowledge, there is no regulation that dictates this behavior. When in doubt, check local policies and procedures and check with your supervisor.


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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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