Form DA 4856 is a counseling form divided into four parts. The
non-commissioned officers in the army and the soldier are responsible for
filling out these forms.
For more detailed info on how to prepare this document read an instruction
The first part of DA Form 4856 is about Administrative Data. It
includes lines for personal info: name and rank of a soldier. In
the last column the name of the counselor and the military group
should be mentioned too.
The second part is dedicated to background information. In
particular, it comes to describing the purposes of counseling. An
individual should point out the most meaningful reasons for
counseling. It may touch professional, or event spheres.
The third part has a format of a summary. It is more like a review
of the main topics and key points of the discussion. This block
should be filled out during the process, or immediately after. The
summary should be filled out both by the leader and soldier.
Pay specific attention to the part that is intended for the plan of
actions. It is supposed to be created after the whole counseling.
It is about to build a strategy for the next time period taking all
the main points of the conversation into account.
The last part, session closing, should include the key points of
the discussion and evaluate the counselee’s understanding of the
plan of actions. The soldier should agree or disagree with the
leader and write in his or her comments. Thereafter, it is
necessary to put a signature and date of the procedure.
At the last part of a form it is important to underline the
completion of above mentioned tasks and goals. These details are
usually written in few days after the counseling.
DA Form 4856 has a special column for leader responsibilities. Here
the officer should mention the resources by which he or she needs
to provide the soldier. Then the leader has to sign a document and
write in a date.
The part 4 of the DA 4856 is dedicated to the evaluation of the
plan of action. This block is usually filled out some time later
after the counseling.