Nando,.......I know I should be shocked and appalled but I am only apppalled. Unfortunately,........this seems to be the norm rather than the exception. You have found yourself in a very precarious situation for a young soldier to be in. Since you have already addressed the issue with your platoon sergeant,..........the next step would be to ask to speak to your 1SG, (using your chain of command/NCO Support Chain of course),....as the issue needs to be addressed. Normally,......once you brought it to the PLT SGT,......he/she would bring in the NCO who is supposed to be counceling you and the problem would be solved shortly thereafter. You would probably see a performance counseling within the next two weeks.
The statement that your PLT SGT made is both incorrect and against the guidance set forth in FM 22-100, Appendix C,...in regards to monthly performance counseling. You should be advised of your montlhy duty performance,...ie strengths to maintain,.....areas which need improvement,.........things that you accomplished that month such as taskings,......APFT,...CTT,......etc.,....as well as upcoming events for the folowing month. Your professional growth and guidance should be addressed,....ie. military correspondence course enrollment,....or college class enrollment,.....as well as plans to prepare and send you to a company soldier of the month board,.......which will help prepare you for promotion board when the time comes.
There are so many other things that may be addressed with the soldier,.....but these are some of the basics. In the area of counseling,......the saying, " No news is good news!," is absolutely wrong. Counseling is not supposed to be only a negative thing. It is supposed to give you and idea of how you are doing in your day to day performance as a soldier,......and should be a guideline for you so you know what you need to work on or where you are headed.
I would talk to my 1st line supervisor again,.......and maybe show him/her a copy of the regulation where it states that soldiers E-4 and below are to receive monthly performance counselings from their 1st line supervisors. If this doesn' work,.....go through your 1st line,...and make an appointment to see your PLT SGT again. If this attempt fails,.....I would use my chain to make an appointment with my 1SG and address my concerns with him/her. If this doesn't work,.......there is always the BN CSM. You deserve a monthly counseling,.......as do all soldiers. It is not only fair,........and very helpful for you,.......but it is the Army Regulation and as a result it must be adhered to. You and your fellow soldiers are getting the short end of the stick if your leaders are not developing you in this way.