DA FORM 4856 Developmental Counseling Form

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A blank copy of DA FORM 4856. Used to doc­u­ment coun­sel­ing ses­sions. We offer this blank doc­u­ment below in both XFDL (Pure Edge/Lotus Forms Viewer) and PDF for­mats. Both ver­sions can be edited, saved, and printed eas­ily. The fil­l­able PDF DA Form 4856 offers you a quick way to coun­sel your Sol­diers if you are away from your copy of Lotus Forms Viewer.


***To down­load the PDF ver­sion right-click the link above and choose “Save as…“

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29 comments


  1. LTC Richard Spencer says:

    Preper­a­tion” is mis­pelled on your home page

    • Sir, now that’s down right embar­rass­ing! Thanks we greatly appre­ci­ate you let­ting us know…we have made the cor­rec­tion! :)

    • SGT Kelly Fletcher says:

      Sir, you mis­spelled the word “mis­spelled” when you wrote “mis­pelled” in your post cor­rect­ing some­body else’s misspelling.

  2. SGT Michael Hall says:

    I was won­der­ing if you could post a down­load­able ver­sion you could type on and print or save. That would be greatly appreciated.

  3. SGT Michael Spires says:

    Why can’t you save a com­pleted 4856? Just won­der­ing, that’s kind of why I need it, haha.

  4. Matt.Dail says:

    SGT Spires, we’re sorry for the con­fu­sion. PDF’s always open inside of your web-browser by default rather than auto­mat­i­cally down­load­ing to your com­puter. If you’d like to save the form to your com­puter right-click the link and choose “Save Link/Target as…”. We’ll be sure to include a note below the link for future users. Thank you for the input!

  5. SSG Laughlin says:

    I have searched every where for an updated DA Form 4856 (AUG 2010) that is com­pat­i­ble with Mac or the word on my Mac. Can you point me into the right direction?

    • Joshua Sutton says:

      You have to down­load the mac-compatible ver­sion of Pure Edge. Once you do that, you can open any .xfdl file.

  6. cairo says:

    are either of these com­pat­i­ble with the mac? or must i have windows?

  7. Matt.Dail says:

    To the best of our knowl­edge the XFDL ver­sion is not suit­able for Macs as it uses Lotus Forms Viewer, which is designed for Win­dows sys­tems. How­ever, the PDF ver­sion should open fine on a Mac as long as you install the most recent ver­sion of Adobe Reader found here: http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/product.jsp?platform=macintosh&product=10

  8. SSG Blackmar says:

    I’m try­ing to cut and paste into a 4856 Lotus Form. In the “key points” block I can­not paste into it. I can see a quick flicker of it past­ing but it does not actu­ally stay in the block. Does any­one else have this prob­lem? What is the fix?

  9. TASHA says:

    So happy that there is a fil­l­able PDF of the updated 4856 on this site. Thank you very much :)

  10. Ulysses D. Lang says:

    I’ve been home and horon­ablly dis­charaged from the army for eight years I’m still always depressed,stressed and I’m tired of my thoughts of my fam­ily being bet­ter off with­out me.

    • Ulysses,
      I am cer­tain your fam­ily loves you and cares about you. I am in no way qual­i­fied to dis­cuss such issues but there are local resources avail­able that can assist you in sev­eral ways. The Army has a web­site called Army One Source that pro­vides imme­di­ate assis­tance over the phone and then works through detailed plans. They maybe able to pro­vide assis­tance to vet­er­ans. I believe the local Vet­er­ans Affairs office can also pro­vide assis­tance. Then there are other local activ­i­ties that typ­i­cally include Wounded War­rior Foun­da­tions, Vet­er­ans Groups, Civic Orga­ni­za­tions, and Church groups that can assist you with some of the issues you described. The key is to find some­one who is a qual­i­fied pro­fes­sional and start work­ing through these issues. Don’t let this get the best of you. Keep a pos­i­tive atti­tude and tone.
      I found the fol­low­ing infor­ma­tion online that may be of assis­tance: http://veteranscrisisline.net The Vet­er­ans Cri­sis Line con­nects Vet­er­ans in cri­sis and their fam­i­lies and friends with qual­i­fied, car­ing Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs respon­ders through a con­fi­den­tial toll-free hot­line, online chat, or text. Vet­er­ans and their loved ones can call 1–800-273‑8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text mes­sage to 838255 to receive con­fi­den­tial sup­port 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. More about the Vet­er­ans Cri­sis Line. Here is a link to there Fre­quently Asked Ques­tion page as well: http://veteranscrisisline.net/About/FAQs.aspx#Faq6

      Please take the time to speak with some­one so you can begin to work through these issues. Talk to your fam­ily and let them know what you are going through.

  11. D says:

    Does this prod­uct work with MAC. I brought it but it doesn’t work. It must be some­thing I am doing wrong.

    • D,
      Mac’s are not sup­ported. How­ever we have heard that the soft­ware works in a win­dows emu­la­tion soft­ware. We are cur­rently look­ing at plans for a MAC ver­sion of our software.

  12. Jim Burnell says:

    Your home page indi­cates DA Form 4856 (PDF) or DA Form 4858 (XFDL).….4856/4858???

  13. SGT Slater, Torrence says:

    Is there any­way you can make it where you can down­load updated forms from the update menu? I got all the quick coun­sel­ings 1–3 and i would like to see a pro­mo­tional coun­sel­ing in quick coun­sel 3.

    • SGT Slater,
      What type of pro­mo­tional coun­sel­ing are you look­ing for? CQV1 has a coun­sel­ing state­ment con­cern­ing pro­mo­tion for PV1-SPC, and a coun­sel­ing for Sol­diers that are fully eli­gi­ble but not rec­om­mended for pro­mo­tion. It also con­tains monthly per­for­mance coun­sel­ings that the coun­selor can add pro­mo­tion poten­tial to. If you can pro­vide me so of the specifics you are look­ing for I might be able to point you in the right direc­tion or per­haps pre­pare a spe­cial coun­sel­ing for you.

  14. SSG Montalvo says:

    Fil­l­able PDF ver­sion does not offer War­rant Offi­cer ranks. Wait­ing for a help ticket before PureEdge can be put on the gvt com­puter. Kinda stuck until then. Just a heads-up, though. Great job on the fil­l­able pdf…just miss­ing some ranks.

  15. SGT O'Rourke says:

    Could you please add a “Con­tin­u­a­tion Page” to your down­load­able ver­sion of this DA form 4856?

  16. chris windsor says:

    great stuff

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