Dereliction of Duty - Leaving Your Post


  Purpose of Counseling

The purpose of this counseling is to address the following infractions:

1. Leaving your place of duty

2. Leaving the work center unmanaged

Complete this section during or immediately subsequent to counseling.

 Key Points of Discussion:

On 12 Sep 2012, I was contacted by Lisa Walker, your wife, and questioned about your schedule. During the course of the conversation it became apparent that, although you were scheduled to work, she could never reach you on the phone at work when you were working mid-shifts. By coincidence, the next day I asked PFC Oz why your ancillary training had not been completed and he said you had not worked the previous night. According to the schedule, you were scheduled to work. When I asked PFC Jordan if you had worked, he said you had but had been called away on an emergency.

After further discussion with your shift members, it became evident that when working nights, you regularly left your post after initially signing in and went downtown to the bar district. And that you left the shop unsupervised during that time and sometimes did not return at all. This was estimated to have occurred 10 times over the last 3 months. In addition your wife was reported to have called at least 3 times a night and your crew had to lie for you in those instances by saying you were working in another shop temporarily.

As a Sergeant, you were trusted by our organization to not only manage the shop but to train and supervise those junior in rank. Leaving the shop unsupervised is a betrayal of the organization and your troops and the worst example of leadership I have ever seen.

Your actions are a textbook example of dereliction of duty. A person is derelict in the performance of his duties when that person willfully or negligently fails to perform his duties or when that person performs them in a culpably inefficient manner.

As the NCOIC of this work center, it is my responsibility to refer you to the First Sergeant and recommend non-judicial punishment.

I am formally informing you that if there is another instance of this type of conduct, actions may be initiated under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to separate you from the Army prior to your scheduled ETS Date. If you are involuntary Separated, you could receive an Honorable Discharge, a General (Under Honorable Conditions) Discharge, or a under Other than Honorable Conditions Discharge. If you receive a discharge Under Other Than Honorable Conditions, you will be ineligible for reenlistment and for most benefits, including payments of accrued leave, transitional benefits, the GI Bill, VA benefits, and you may also face difficulty in obtaining civilian employment. ________

AUTHORITY: 10 U.S.C. 8013. PURPOSE: To obtain any comments you desire to submit (on a voluntary basis) for consideration concerning this action. ROUTINE USES: Provides you an opportunity to submit comments or documents for consideration. If provided, the comments and documents you submit become a part of the action. DISCLOSURE: Your written acknowledgment of receipt and signature are mandatory. Any other comment or document you provide is voluntary.

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 be recommending you for non-judicial punishment. You are no longer a shift supervisor. You will report to SSG Welch and join his shift.

  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)

Your actions have set the worst possible example for our Soldiers. Your performance must improve immediately. Any further infractions will end your career.

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)

SSG Welch will instruct Sergeant Walker in his responsibilities.


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)

SGT Walker has not left his place of duty and has met all training requirements since the day he was counseled.

Counselor: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Individual Counseled: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Date: _ _ _ _ _

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

  DA FORM 4856-E (Reverse)                    

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