I just received a comment from an SGT on RP, I won't name names but it kind of surprised me, that stated a counseling statement never helps a soldier. I had said that I thought a counseling statement always helps a soldier, and that maybe it's a lazy NCO who resorts to always PT'ing a soldier. There is a time and place for "dropping" a soldier but I think a well conducted and written counseling statement is always more beneficial. What does the community think? Not trying to start an argument, maybe I am the only pro counseling junior enlisted. Let me know!
Edited 7 y ago
Posted 7 y ago
A counseling statement documents negative performance and is the best safeguard to prevent a soldiers with bad performance from advancing regardless of how well he or she may be at test taking. Without documentation, he or she will mostly likely continue to advance through the ranks instead of being rehabilitated or discharged.
They can if the NCO uses them in such a way. The purpose isn't to simply write the Soldier up when they do wrong, but also to document exceptional performance. My Soldiers responded well to getting a positive 4856. The purpose is to document how the Soldier is doing, what needs to be improved and what they need to sustain. I really hated the NCOs who only used it for the monthly check the block that tells the Soldier nothing, and for negative things. Counseling should be a positive thing to make a better subordinate, if the NCO cares enough to do. Unfortunately, too many NCOs only care about themselves.
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