Counseling for Lateness


  Purpose of Counseling

Event Oriented Counseling

Violation of Article 86 - Failure to Report

Violation of Article 92 - Failure to Obey an Order or Regulation


Complete this section during or immediately subsequent to counseling.

On 15 April 2014 you were not accounted for during Physical Training held at 0700 in front of the Liberty Gym. You did not show up until 0720 and did not notify anyone that you were going to be late. Failing to show up for PT is a violation of Article 86, Failure to Report.

You were previously told that you need to be present at least 10 minutes prior to formation. Failing to show up for formation 10 minutes early as ordered is a violation of Article 92: Failure to Obey an Order or Regulation.

This behavior will not be tolerated. Although you have not been chronically late in the past, this behavior is becoming more common and it is my duty to uphold standards. If this disregard for standards continues, you will be recommended for UCMJ action.

I am counseling you for the conduct noted above. If this conduct continues, action may be initiated to separate you from the Army under AR 635-200, Chapters 5, 9, 13, or 14. If you are involuntarily separated, you could receive an Honorable discharge, a General, under honorable conditions, discharge, or an Under Other Than Honorable conditions discharge. An Honorable discharge may be awarded under any provision. A General discharge may be awarded for separation under Chapter 14. If you receive an Honorable discharge, you will be qualified for most benefits resulting from military service. An involuntary Honorable discharge, however, will disqualify you from reenlisting for some period of time and may disqualify you from receiving transitional benefits (e.g., commissary, housing, health benefits) and the G.I. Bill. If you receive a General discharge, you will be disqualified from reenlisting in the service for some period of time and you will be ineligible for some benefits including the 9/11 G.I. Bill. If you receive an Under Other Than Honorable conditions discharge, you will be ineligible for reenlistment and for most benefits including payment for accrued leave, transportation of dependents and household goods to home, transitional benefits and 9/11 G. I. Bill. You may also face difficulty in obtaining civilian employment, as employers have a low regard for the General and Under Other Than Honorable conditions discharges. Although there are agencies to which you may apply to have the character of your discharge changed, it is unlikely that any such applications will be successful.


This form will be destroyed upon: reassignment (other than rehabilitative transfers), separation at ETS, or upon retirement. For separation requirements and notification of loss of benefits/consequences see local directives and AR 635-200.

  DA FORM 4856-E, JUN 99                         EDITION OF JUN 85 IS OBSOLETE

  Plan of Action:

_____ I will ensure I am well rested on the nights before scheduled PT and that I set my alarm clock to ensure I wake up in time to report to formation at least 10 minutes before scheduled PT.

Session Closing:   (The leader summarizes the key points of the session and checks to ensure the subordinate understands the plan of action. The subordinate agrees/disagrees and provides remarks if appropriate)

SPC Smith will report to every formation 15 minutes ahead of time. This is not to be considered to be 15 minutes early. It is SPC Smith's actual reporting time. I will be present at every formation and if you are not present at the required time, I will take immediate administrative action. SPC Smith is aware of the consequences of any future failures to report as ordered.

Individual counseled:       I agree / disagree with the information above

Individual counseled remarks:



Signature of Individual Counseled: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Date: _ _ _ _ _ _

Leader Responsibilities:   (Leader's responsibilities in implementing the plan of action)

- I will ensure you are accounted for and informed of any schedule changes.

- I will provide you with a copy of this counseling and file the original in your counseling binder.

Signature of Counselor: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Date: _ _ _ _ _ _


Assessment:   (Did the plan of action achieve the desired results? This section is completed by both the leader and the individual counseled and provides useful information for follow-up counseling)

SPC Smith was only 10 minutes early to formation on one occasion and did not have a valid excuse. I did submit additional counseling but our current leadership did not want to accept it. However it is on file and will be resubmitted in the event of any future failures. I still have reservations as to SPC Smith's suitability for military service and continue to evaluate his performance.

Counselor: _ _ _ _ _ _ Individual Counseled: _ _ _ _ _ _ Date of Assessment: _ _ _ _ _ _

Note: Both the counselor and the individual counseled should retain a record of the counseling.

  DA FORM 4856-E (Reverse)

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