Event-oriented Counseling

Event-oriented counseling addresses a specific event or situation. It may precede events, such as going to a promotion board or attending a school, or it may follow events, such as noteworthy duty performance, a problem with performance, or a personal problem.

Examples of event-oriented counseling include, but are not limited to instances of superior or substandard performance, reception and integration counseling, crisis counseling, referral counseling, promotion counseling, and separation counseling.

Positive Counseling

Soldier Positive Counseling Examples

NCO Positive Counseling Examples



Non-Promotion Counseling

Not Recommended for Promotion Counseling

Promotion Counseling (not recommended/.xfdl)

Non-Promotion Counseling

Non-Promotion Counseling



Promotion Board Counseling

Memorandum for Promotion Board

Memorandum for Promotion Board

Counseling for Promotion Board (xfdl)

Recommended for Promotion Board (.doc)

Promotion Counseling (recommended/.xfdl)



Failure to Report/Missed Appointment

Missing from Place of Duty

Missed Drill (ARNG)

Missed Formation Counseling

Counseling for Missed Appointment

Failure to Report

Missed Accountability Formation (.doc)

Failure to Report

Failure to Report for Formation



Speeding/Reckless Driving

Counseling, Ran Stop Sign, No Insurance

Speeding Counseling

Speeding Ticket Counseling

USAREUR Speeding Ticket Counseling (.xfdl form)

POV Counseling



Leave Counseling

Leave Counseling

Convalescent Leave Counseling (.xfdl)

Leave Counseling

PCS Leave Counseling

Regular Leave Counseling



ASAP Counseling

ASAP Referral Counseling (.xfdl)

Drug Use Counseling (.doc)

Drinking While in ASAP

Drinking While in ASAP

Underage Drinking

DUI Counseling

DUI Counseling



Off-duty Employment Counseling

Hand Receipt Counseling

Straggling Counseling

Summary Court Martial (.xfdl)

Flag Counseling

Flag Removal

Reserve/Guard: SGLI Premiums in Drill/No-Pay Status

Counseling on SGLI Election (.xfdl)

Tuition Assistance Counseling

Failure to Prepare for Field

Deployment Counseling

WLC Counseling Example

WLC Attendance Counseling

Barracks Standards Counseling

Corrective Training

Unauthorized Visitor in Barracks

ETS Counseling

MOSQ/Reclass Training

GT Score Improvement Counseling

No Contact Order

Administrative Discharge Counseling

Government Travel Card (GTCC) Counseling



APFT Failure Counseling

APFT Failure Counseling

APFT Failure Counseling

APFT Counseling

DA 4856 APFT Failure Counseling Example

APFT Failure Counseling (xfdl)



Weight/Body Composition

Weight Control Program Removal (.docx)

Weight Control Program Counseling (.doc)

ABCP Counseling



Accountability Counseling

Accountability Counseling

Lost ID card Counseling

Lost Equipment Counseling

Accountability Counseling



Lateness Counseling

DA Form 4856 for Lateness (.xfdl)

DA Form 4856 for Lateness (.htm version)

Lateness Counseling



Insubordination Counseling

Disrespect Toward an NCO Example

Disrespect Toward an NCO Example

Disrespect Toward an NCO Example (.doc)



Dereliction of Duty Counseling

Dereliction of Duty

Dereliction of Duty

Dereliction of Duty

Dereliction of Duty (SFC)

Failure to Follow Instructions

Failure to Follow Instructions



False Official Statement Counseling (.doc)

DA Form 4856 Accessory After the Fact

Drill with Wrong UIC

Drove POV to the Range

How to Say You're Not Getting an Award

DA Form 4856 Financial Counseling

Pregnancy Counseling

Pregnancy Counseling Example

Risk Assessment Counseling

Chain of Command Counseling

Counseling for Haircut

Counseling for Shaving

Family Care Plan Counseling

Debt Counseling

Wall Locker Issue Counseling

Distance Learning Counseling



COUNSELING FOR SPECIFIC INSTANCES

5-13. Sometimes counseling is tied to specific instances of superior or substandard duty performance. For example, you tell your soldier whether or not the performance met the standard and what the soldier did right or wrong. The key to successful counseling for specific performance is to conduct the counseling session as close to the time of the event as possible.

5-14. When counseling a soldier for specific performance take the following actions:

Tell the soldier the purpose of the counseling, what was expected and how they failed to meet the standard.

Address the specific unacceptable behavior or action, not the personís character.

Tell the soldier the effect of the performance on the rest of the unit.

Actively listen to the soldierís response.

Remain unemotional.

Teach the soldier how to meet the standard.

Be prepared to do some personal counseling since the lack of performance may be related to or the result of a personal problem.

Explain to the soldier what will be done to improve performance (plan of action). Identify your responsibilities in implementing the plan of action.

Continue to assess and follow-up on the soldierís progress. Adjust the plan of action as necessary.

Reception and Integration Counseling

5-15. Leaders must counsel new team members when they report in. Reception and integration counseling serves two purposes: First, it identifies and helps fix any problems or concerns that new members have, especially any issues resulting from the new duty assignment. Second, it lets them know the unit standards and how they fit into the team. Reception and integration counseling starts the team building process and lets the soldier know the leadership cares. Reception and integration counseling clarifies job titles and it sends the message that the chain of command cares. Reception and integration counseling should begin immediately upon arrival so new team members can quickly become integrated into the organization. Figure 5-3 gives some possible discussion points.

FM 7-22 Fig 5-3

Crisis Counseling

5-16. You may conduct crisis counseling to get a soldier through the initial shock after receiving negative news, such as notification of the death of a loved one. You help the soldier by listening and providing assistance, as appropriate. Assistance may include referring the soldier to a support activity or coordinating external agency support. Crisis counseling focuses on the soldierís immediate, short-term needs.

Referral Counseling

5-17. Referral counseling helps soldiers work through a personal situation and may follow crisis counseling. Referral counseling also acts as preventative counseling before the situation becomes a problem. Usually, the leader assists the soldier in identifying the problem.

5-18. Outside agencies can help leaders resolve problems. Although it is generally in an individualís best interest to seek help first from his first line leader, leaders must always respect an individualís right to contact these agencies on their own. Leaders can refer the soldier to the appropriate resource, such as Army Community Services, a Chaplain, or a substance abuse counselor. Additional information on support activities can be found in Appendix B, Army Programs or in FM 6-22 (22-100), Appendix C.

Helping soldiers cope with personal problems...means more than referring the soldier to another person- the chaplain, a doctor, or counselor. Until the problem is resolved, you have a soldier with a problem in your unit, so itís your problem.... Let your soldiers know what youíre doing to help them solve their problems.

FM 22-600-20, The Army Noncommissioned Officer Guide, 1980

Promotion Counseling

5-19. Commanders or their designated representatives must conduct promotion counseling for all specialists, corporals and sergeants who are eligible for advancement without waiver, but are not recommended for promotion to the next higher grade. Army regulations require that soldiers within this category receive initial (event-oriented) counseling when they attain full eligibility and then periodic (performance and personal growth) counseling at least quarterly.

Adverse Separation Counseling

5-20. Adverse separation counseling may involve informing the soldier of the administrative actions available to the commander in the event substandard performance continues and of the consequences associated with those administrative actions. (See AR 635-200, Chapter 1, paragraph 1-16 and Chapter 17.)

5-21. Developmental counseling may not apply when a soldier has engaged in more serious acts of misconduct. In those situations, the leader should refer the matter to the commander and the servicing staff judge advocateís office. When the leaderís rehabilitative efforts fail, counseling with a view towards separation fills an administrative prerequisite to many administrative discharges and serves as a final warning to the soldier to improve performance or face discharge. In many cases, it may be beneficial to involve the chain of command as soon as you determine that adverse separation counseling might be required. The first sergeant or commander should inform the soldier of the notification requirements outlined in AR 635-200.

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