DA Form 4856, Developmental Counseling Form is a form issued by the Department of the Army (DA) and used by the unit leaders to help organize and structure the counseling sessions. The newest edition of the DA 4856 - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DD Form 4856 - was issued on July 2014 and remains in use. An up-to-date fillable version of the form is available for download below.
Several versions of the DA Form 4856 Continuation Page are available online, but none are officially released by the Department of the Army.
The DA 4856 is an official paper intended to document counseling sessions provided by unit leaders to the soldiers of the U.S. Army. The form is used only during military counseling. All of the information within the form is kept strictly private but may be voluntarily disclosed later on by the person being counseled.
The DA Form 4856 is meant to assist unit leaders during several different scenarios: