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    For a decade, The Mentor has been considered one of the most practical and informative references available to U.S. Army Leaders. The data, references, advice, and example documents that thousands have come to expect from The Mentor have all returned in force. The content, updated in accordance with current doctrine, has been reorganized for easier readability. It's new format makes it your “quick and dirty” guide for all your leadership issues.

    Learn to counsel, evaluate, correct, and initiate adverse actions in a fashion that will achieve positive results. Your primary goal as a leader is to grow, shape, and mold your team to be as mission-effective as possible. Some leaders will choose to do this by brute strength or force of will. This book focuses on building a cohesive unit by following simple principles that foster good will and show your Soldiers that you care.

    The Mentor is well-known for containing numerous counseling examples that give leaders a starting point for filling out the DA FORM 4856 (Developmental Counseling Form) in a manner that addresses many common scenarios. The counseling forms eachcome complete with a listing of applicable references that address the situation at hand. Also new to this edition, the example counselings include text in the assessment block. Did the Soldier follow the plan of action? Were they successful in turning around their poor behavior? Failing to document these resolutions is irresponsible and is one of the key signs of a sloppy leader.

    This book is one of Mentor Enterprises' flagship products and a Mentor Military best seller. The Mentor is a down to earth leadership and counseling book that gets to the point. It makes an excellent reference for yourself and a wonderful gift for newly promoted NCOs and Officers.

    Discover How to:

    • Prepare high quality, individualized, professional counselings, and prepare for almost any leadership challenge
    • Learn how to write a letter to the president of a centralized selection board
    • Prepare for promotion boards, Audie Murphy, Sergeant Morales, and Soldier/NCO of the Quarter or Year
    • Determine if you can request a standby advisory board (STAB)
    • Implement corrective training with positive results
    • Understand adverse actions such as flags, bars, and separations
    • Become more effective and efficient with regard to repetitive tasks
    • Manage administrative separations
    • Dramatically reduce the amount of time spent on adverse actions


    • 50 counseling statements which can be adapted for almost any situation—now including reference
    • notations and example assessments!
    • 52 leadership challenge scenarios every leader will face during their career
    • Tools for preparing young leaders for difficult challenges
    • Suggestions on how to improve morale & teamwork within a unit, and motivate your Soldiers to excel
    • Extensive reference listing of ARs, ADRPs, ADPs, ATPs, ATTPs, FMs, TCs, GTAs, and UCMJ Articles
    • Overview of adverse actions
    • Guidance on how promotion boards actually operate and provides study techniques

    Contains the Following Army Counseling Examples:

    • AWOL
    • Diagnostic ACFT/APFT Failure
    • Record ACFT/APFT Failure
    • Borderline ACFT/APFT Failure
    • Failure to Take ACFT/APFT on Time
    • Bar to Reenlistment
    • Certificate of Achievement
    • Certificate of Training
    • Standard Derogatory (Magic Statement)
    • Disobeying an Order
    • Disrespect
    • Divorce
    • Drunk on Duty
    • Excess Leave Balance
    • Extended Travel Pass
    • Initial Family Care Plan
    • Valid Family Care Plan
    • Invalid Family Care Plan
    • Failure to Report
    • Initiate or Transfer Flag
    • Lifting a Flag Action
    • Initial Issue of Government Travel Card
    • GT Improvement
    • Improper Relationship
    • Indebtedness
    • Initial (Specialist & Below)
    • Initial (NCO)
    • Key Leader Card
    • Letter to the President of a Centralized Promotion Board
    • Letter of Appreciation
    • Letter to Soldier's Parents
    • Lost I.D. Tags
    • Loss of Sensitive Item
    • Mental Health Referral
    • Missed Appointment
    • Monthly Counseling for Specialist and Below
    • Negligent Weapons Discharge
    • Negligent Weapons Discharge (Leader)
    • Off Duty Employment Approved
    • Off Duty Employment Disapproved
    • Borderline overweight
    • Borderline overweight Prior to NCOES
    • Initial overweight counseling
    • Overweight Satisfactory Progress
    • Overweight Unsatisfactory Progress
    • Pregnancy
    • Promotion Counseling
    • Fully Eligible Not Recommended for Promotion
    • Protective Order
    • Reception & Integration
    • Safety Briefing
    • Sleeping on Duty
    • TA Request
    • Underage Drinking
    • Unprofessional Conduct
    • WLC Counseling
    • Blank Continuation of Counseling Sheet

    The Mentor should be mandatory reading for all young Army leaders. It is the bible for mentoring and counseling... —MG (R) John G Meyer Jr, Author of: Company Command, The Bottom Line

    ...The premiere book for all Army leaders! If I could have just one book in my professional library it would be The Mentor. —Bronston Clough, former Army Captain, Ranger Instructor, and author of Get Tabbed

    The Mentor is the all-in-one leadership guide! It sets leaders and Soldiers up for success… and mentors them in the process… —SFC Mac Arthur D. Ocampo

    ...a must read for leaders at all levels who strive to be technically and tactical proficient while developing professional Soldiers. —SSG Douglas Eckstein

    Table of Contents

    • Chapter 1: Counseling: Doctrine
    • Chapter 2: Counseling: Lessons Learned
    • Chapter 3: Corrective Training & Privileges
    • Chapter 4: Promotions
    • Chapter 5: Leadership Challenges
    • Chapter 6: Adverse Actions
    • Chapter 7: Example Documents
    • Chapter 8: Administrative Separations
    • Chapter 9: References

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