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Censure is a statement of adverse opinion or criticism of an individual's conduct or performance of duty expressed by a senior Marine in the member's chain-of-command.Nonpunitive censure may be done orally, but often it is in writing and is commonly referred to as a nonpunitive letter of caution (NPLOC). A NPLOC is not considered punishment; rather, the letter is issued to remedy a noted deficiency in conduct or performance of duty. As a corporal, you can issue a NPLOC to your junior Marines when you feel it will serve the purpose of correcting a deficiency. The NPLOC puts the offender on notice and makes him or her aware that their actions are inappropriate. This simple letter may be all it takes to modify a Marine's unfavorable behavior. An effectively written NPLOC should demonstrate to the Marine that you care about their performance or conduct enough to help them correct it and are not focusing on tarnishing their official record with an adverse page 11 entryWhat is the purpose of counseling?To help a junior achieve or maintain the highest possible level of performance and to correct deficiencies OVERVIEWBefore the commanding officer resorts to nonjudicial punishment or a court-martial, other behavior modification tools should be used.
When nonpunitive measures, such as counseling or EMI, are not appropriate or have been used without noticeable improvement, the next step may be to recommend an adverse page 11 entry or administrative separation counseling (6105 entry) be made in the Marine's official record. The difference between the two types of entries is described in the next four pages.ADVERSE PAGE 11Per the Individual Records Administration Manual (IRAM), the administrative remarks page of a Marine's service record book is used to make required administrative entries and is also used by commanders to document an event in a Marine's career for which no other method of recording exits. These administrative remarks or "page 11 entries"become a permanent part of a Marine's military history. If a page 11 entry contains material that reflects unfavorably upon a Marine or is derogatory about a Marine's conduct or performance, then it is considered to be adverse. Per the IRAM, if a page 11 entry is adverse, the Marine must have an opportunity to contest, explain, or rebut the entry by a statement. If the Marine elects to write a statement, the Marine will have five working days after referral of the entry to submit a statement for inclusion in the Marine's service recordADMINISTRATIVE SEPARATION COUNSELING (6105) ENTRYThe administrative separation counseling, or 6105, and adverse page 11 entries are very similar; however, the 6105 entry must: •Give written notification of the deficiency or impairments. •Provide specific recommendations for corrective action, indicating any available assistance. •Give a reasonable opportunity for the Marine to undertake the recommended correctiveaction.