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 Counseling, or LOC, is an administrative censure for violation of standards. The intended outcome of an LOC is to help Airmen use good judgment, assume responsibility, understand and maintain standards, and face and solve problems. Generally, this is a form of corrective action appropriate for correcting habits or shortcomings not necessarily criminal or illegal, but which can ultimately affect job performance, work center morale, and discipline.
When you receive an LOC, you are entitled to three duty days to submit a written response or rebuttal. 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 LOC and how to respond in our recent blog posts:
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