Positive Counseling Examples

See also: Certificates of Appreciation

Positive counseling is one of the most important tools in a supervisor's toolbox. It costs nothing but a few minutes of your time yet pays big dividends in pride and loyalty. Positive counseling is appropriate for just about any circumstance where a Soldier goes above and beyond the call of duty. There is no official guidance on what to write in a positive counseling. Below are a few excerpts from positive counselings that may be used as a starting point for writing yours.


Excellent progress on training. At this rate, you will be fully qualified in 6 months, something that has never been done before here. Just be careful not to sign off on training tasks before you're ready. Your improvement at this level of training comes from asking any questions. If I don't know the answer I will get the answer for you and get back to you. Continue to push through deployment tasks and don't hesitate to ask myself or any NCO in the squad for anything that you may need.

You are receiving this counseling in order to highlight your performance on the APFT 2 mile run conducted on 6 April 2016 with the troop. You finished with a time of 11:48 which exceeds army standard and unit standard by far. Your time was also a personal record and the fastest in the troop. I'd like to say congratulations and that I greatly appreciate your display of physical fitness. Excellent job keep up the good work!

SGT Webster, during the past 2 weeks you have been in competition for the Expert Field Medical Badge.

You were awarded the EFMB, Congratulations! You successfully completed all of the following tasks;

Comprehensive Written Test

Day and night land navigation courses.

12-mile road march with a standard fighting load to be completed in three hours.

Tactical Combat Casualty Care Tasks; Perform a TCCC patient assessment, Triage casualties, Control bleeding using a tourniquet, hemostatic device, and dressings, Initiate a saline lock and IV, Initiate treatment for hypovolemic shock & prevent hypothermia, Insert nasopharyngeal airway, Treat a penetrating chest wound, Perform needle chest decompression, Treat an open abdominal wound, Treat a casualty with an open head injury, Immobilize a suspected fracture of the arm, Treat eye lacerations, contusions, and extrusions.

Medical and Casualty Evacuation Tasks; Evacuate a casualty using a SKED litter and litter carries, Evacuate casualties using one- or two-person carries or drags, Extricate a casualty from a vehicle, Establish a helicopter landing point, Load casualties onto a helicopter, ground evacuation platform, and two nonstandard vehicles.

Warrior Skills Tasks; Protect self from chem/bio contamination with protective mask, Decontaminate self with chemical decon kits, Protect self from CBRN injury or contamination with JSLIST gear, Store protective mask, Protect self from bio/chem contamination when removing JSLIST, Perform self-aid for mild nerve agent poisoning, Correct malfunction of M16 or M4, Disassemble, assemble, and perform functions check of an M9 pistol and an M16 (or M4) rifle, Move under direct fire, react to indirect fire, and react to an UXO or possible IED, Move over, through, and around obstacles.

Communications Tasks; Assemble and operate SINCGARS or SINCGARS (ASIP) w/o ANCD, Load FH/COMSEC data and conduct radio check using SINCGARS / SINCGARS (ASIP), Prepare and Transmit a MEDEVAC request (All 9 lines) (No longer a Mandatory GO), Submit an NBC 1 Report, Submit an Explosive Hazard Spot Report.

Congratulations on your placement on the Commandant's List for exceeding course standards and scoring in the top 10% of your class while attending Warrior Leader Course at Fort Indiantown Gap, PA. In addition, you led your peers as a student PSG and, out of 215 Soldiers, scored the highest on leadership. You have represented our unit well and it is my hope that you will share what you have learned with your peers here. Again, congratulations and get with MSG Walker to schedule a day off.

As _____, you were an asset to the XXXth INF BDE NCO of the Quarter competition held on 20 April 2013. With limited time and on short notice, you accepted the challenge and devoted numerous off-duty hours to plan, develop and implement a land Navigation course that tested the technical and tactical skills of all the NCOs who participated in the competition. Your expertise and knowledge in land navigation were vital in creating realistic day and night land navigation courses and helped produce the best competiton in years.

I want to thank you for the work you did this month, especially your volunteering for the deployment to Iraq. It's this kind of teamwork and sacrifice that makes the Army the family that it is. In addition, your efforts in fixing our benchstock issues have resolved an issue that has dogged our site since it was set up 5 years ago. For the first time our supply documents match what we actually have on hand and our maintenance account has increased by $200,000.00 which makes our projected readiness much better than expected. Good luck in Iraq and hurry back. We need you here.

Your conduct over the last several months exceeds standards and all expectations. Your assistance in the preparation for movement to training as temporary/acting Supply Sergeant and Armorer and timely reporting of all logistical requirements and statuses to include accounting for and securing 140 weapons and support for lodging and meals for 150 Soldiers was critical to the success of the operation. Your tireless participation in virtually all additional duties was instrumental in the success of those activities and the successful validation of the 9th CERF-P DECON element.

While assigned to the JTF-71, your service as primary RTO in the Tactical Operations Center was exceptional. Your continuous alert posture and ability to recognize and relay time-sensitive information in a timely manner was a key component to our mission's success.

Your ability to battle track, maintain radio logs, and simultaneously update DCO provided continuous situational awareness and kept all units informed on weather updates, LOGSTATS, PERSTAT, medical evacuation status, and ongoing operations and was a major factor to the success of the Brigade Tactical Operations Center.

Your charting of all CCIRs and RFIs was clear and professional and provided critical information for the Battle Captain to use in making informed decisions.

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