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Can I Be Forced to Sign a Sworn Statement?

Can I Be Forced to Sign a Sworn Statement?

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Can I Be Forced to Sign a Sworn StatementBefore I begin the following an opinion based on my experience. Do not make decisions based on my opinion. Do your own research, talk with your chain of command, IG and/or JAG. With that understood:

To the best of my knowledge you cannot be forced to sign a sworn statement. I believe there is also a requirement that you receive and sign a rights warning certificate before signing a sworn statement. Since you have the right to remain silent and you cannot be given an order or forced to sign a document.  I don’t not believe forcing  someone to sign a sworn statement is legal. I would highly encourage you to seek legal assistance before taking any action. You should also review AR 140-95

I hope you have found this information useful.

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Mark is a Retired Command Sergeant Major with 26 years of military leadership experience. He held 3 military occupational specialties (Field Artillery, Nuclear Weapons Tech, and Ammunition Ordnance). Mark is one of the leading military authors in the fields of leadership, counseling, and training.

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