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LOC is the Air Force abbreviation for a Letter of Counseling. An LOC is one of several steps that can be taken when correcting an airman's behavior. The first step is verbal counseling. A verbal counseling can usually correct any issues. However, if the verbal counseling is ineffective and the airman refuses to adhere to standards, the next step is an LOC. An LOC is usually initiated by the first-line supervisor and stays in the airman's personnel file for a period of time. The airman can submit a rebuttal to the LOC. If the behavior is still not corrected, further actions that can be taken are an LOR (Letter of Reprimand), Non-Judicial Punishment in the form of an Article 15, and eventually discharge.