Unfortunately counseling more often results from negative behavior than from

Unfortunately counseling more often results from

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Unfortunately, counseling more often results from negative behavior than from continuous performance appraisal. Leaders must: • Recognize the utility of counseling for situations other than promotions, pro/con markings, or nonjudicial punishment (NJP). • Take the time to counsel appropriately to keep subordinate leaders and Marines focused toward effective individual performance, and toward increased unit readiness and proficiency. If Marines perceive counseling as a solely negative process, it can lose its effectiveness, shutting down input from senior leaders all together. Promotions Cutting scores and commander recommendations affect promotions. Promotions are not
the result of simple time- in-service. • If Marines perceive that promotions will be granted unless a Marine has been the subject of disciplinary action, they lose respect for the rank and see it as merely a pay raise. • These perceptions are reinforced when the only Marines who do not receive their commander's recommendation for promotion are those with habitual conduct problems. The promotion manual identifies specific intangible qualities that must be possessed to receive a recommendation for promotion. If the manual is not followed, Marines will feel that if they stay in the Service long enough they will get promoted. The Crucible Throughout entry-level training, recruits are told that the "crucible" will be the toughest event that they will endure. • This event is a stepping stone to the many other difficult challenges they will face in their lives and careers. • It is likely the most strenuous challenge they will be required to meet up to that point in their experience. • It will prepare them to meet future challenges, some even more difficult. Nonjudicial Punishment (NJP) Marines fail to recognize or use methods other than NJP as valid forms of discipline. • NJP is not the only form of discipline available to subordinate leaders. • NCO's can use counseling, mentoring, or extra military instruction to rectify deficiencies. • Subordinate leaders must be trained and supervised in the execution of these duties. To ensure lines are not crossed, unit leaders must establish guidelines and educate Marines on the proper use of each method. The commander is responsible for creating a climate that allows junior leaders to effectively apply Marine Corps leadership principles. As Marines enter their unit for the first time, they closely observe the unit, and they quickly assess the actions and practices of their leaders and their peers. They will be looking to sustain their training and can only do so if the command is functioning cohesively. Your role as a staff sergeant is to advise your commander and reduce the obstacles for your Marines. What are the reasons for not remembering information that you have been instructed on?

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