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Soldier Initial Counseling: Counseling Tips for Small Unit Leaders

In today’s post I want to talk about Soldier Initial Counseling.  I cannot stress the importance of counseling enough.  As a leader, counseling is one of your most important responsibilities.  Unfortunately, most military leaders don’t do a very good job with counseling.  Simply put, they don’t make the time to do it.  As a result, …

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DA Form 4856: Tips about Counseling for Army Leaders

The DA Form 4856 (Counseling Statement) is one of the most important tools in the small unit leaders’ toolbox.  In the paragraphs below, I want to give you an overview of DA Form 4856 and show you how you can use this form to maximize the performance of the people working for you. How I …

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Army Initial Counseling Tips for Company Commanders

As a Company Commander, you typically “rate” the First Sergeant, Company XO and Platoon Leaders. As a “rater” you have a responsibility to conduct an initial counseling with your direct reports within the first 60 days, and to conduct quarterly counseling thereafter. When you first assume command you must make it a high priority to …

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