Failure to Follow Instructions

Corrective training regarding the importance of counseling.

Purpose of Counseling

You are being counseled for failing to follow instructions by avoiding proper quarterly counseling and refusing to speak on the phone with your Squad Leader.

Key Points

SGT (Name), on (Date) you failed to follow instructions to set up an appointment for quarterly counseling. You failed to take action and instead argued with me, insisting that counselings are a waste of time. I have made several attempts to schedule a date and time to conduct quarterly counseling, but at all times have been met with resistance.

Failing to follow instructions, no matter who delivers them or how trivial you may consider them to be, is a serious offense and will not be tolerated. Your actions and example have a negative effect on unit morale and discipline and threaten our team's cohesiveness and strength.

Failing to follow instructions is the same as disobeying a lawful order. Failure to follow orders is a Violation of Article 92 (failure to obey order or regulation) of the UCMJ.

This documentation will serve as evidence of your failure to follow instructions.

Plan of Action

As a result of this behavior and in an effort to correct your performance, you will conduct the following corrective training.

Present an Essay. You will provide an original 1,000 word essay entitled "The importance of counseling in the U.S. Army" with emphasis on how it applies to unit effectiveness and efficiency. Your essay is due to me no later than (Date and Time). It will be checked for proper grammar, spelling, and content. Failure to turn in an acceptable essay will result in having to reaccomplish the essay. This essay is meant to teach you the importance of counseling and mentoring Soldiers. As an NCO, you are expected to mentor Soldiers under you. You have a responsibility to care for and lead Soldiers. These Soldiers need good leadership and you will need to be a good example of that leadership. You will present and read this essay to our squad during the next Virtual Battle Assembly. Any attempts of disrespect or incompetence will result in another negative counseling statement.

Leader's Responsibilities

Conduct standard negative counseling

Ensure Soldier understands the requirement

Review Soldier's product for completeness prior to formal presentation to squad

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