Inspector General (IG) Investigations

Overview of Military Inspector General Offices
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The Department of Defense (DoD) and every military branch have an Office of the Inspector General (IG), tasked with investigating accusations of fraud, waste, abuse, or individual misconduct by members of the military.

Investigative Process and Authority
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The IG has the authority to conduct investigations and make recommendations on the validity of allegations. A substantiated complaint can result in criminal or adverse administrative action.

Career Impact of IG Complaints
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Even if a complaint is not substantiated, the mere initiation of an IG complaint can have significant consequences, especially for senior military members. This can include holds on promotions, adverse evaluation reports, and relief from command, among other repercussions.

Common Complaints Investigated
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Some common IG complaints include misuse of government vehicles or travel cards, wrongful negative actions or reprisals against DoD employees (including active-duty members), and mishandling of classified information.

 Anonymous Complaints and Screening
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Complaints can be submitted anonymously, but all complaints must undergo at least an initial screening process.

Recommendation for Legal Consultation
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Given the potential impact of IG investigations, it is strongly advised to seek the counsel of an attorney with a thorough understanding of the process before making any decisions on how to respond.

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