According to Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2907, commanders, first sergeants, supervisors, and other individuals in the member’s administrative or operational chain of command will assist Airmen in developing skills, attitudes, and behaviors that are consistent with Air Force standards. Members of the administrative or operational chain of command will routinely counsel Airmen either verbally or in writing. A Letter of Admonishment, or LOA, is an administrative censure for violation of standards which is more severe than a Letter of Counseling. An LOA could be used to document a first offense or address behaviors not corrected through counseling.
When you receive an LOA, you are entitled to three duty days to submit a written response. Your written response becomes a part of the official record, so it is important that you submit a professional, respectful, and persuasive response.
You can also read more about an Air Force LOA and how to respond in our recent blog posts:
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