What Is DA-4856 Form?
Each month the non-commissioned officers are obliged to provide the
soldiers in the army with written counseling statement. With the help of
scheduled counseling officers can help the soldiers to correct certain
shortcomings and exclude any problems in the army.
The best way to record a counseling is to use the form DA-4856 which is
intended for Developmental Counseling. This document is also used by
leaders in order to help their subordinates to develop and provide them
with some career related advices. Using DA-4856 leaders can easily provide
feedback to the people they supervise.
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How to fill out DA-4856?
DA-4856 consists of four parts which are placed on two pages.
Part 1 captures an administrative data of a soldier who is going to
be counseled and counselor`s name. Here provide details about
soldier`s name (including first, last and middle name) and rank. It
is also important to specify the date on which the counseling is
conducted and name of soldier`s organization.
Part 2 of the form is filled out by the leader. Here he is required
to specify the purpose for the counseling (for instance
professional, performance or event oriented counseling). The
leader`s observations and facts regarding the counseling are also
to be provided.
Part 3 of the blank form is related to summary of counseling. It is
usually filled out immediately prior to or during the counseling by
both the leader and the subordinate providing all necessary
examples and observations. In section “Plan of action” the leader
describes the subordinate`s actions which are to be carried out in
order to reach agreed goal. The next section is session closing.
Here the leader summarizes key points of a session and checks to
which extent a subordinate understands the plan of actions.
Part 4 represents assessment of the plan of action and evaluates if
the plan of action is effective to reach a required result. It is
filled in by both the counselor and individual. In order a DA-4856
to be legally binding, it has to be signed by both parties.
After a document is complete, check it for mistakes and sufficiency of