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When should I go to the IG?

I am thinking about calling the IG about an issue but I don't really know how the process works. I have heard horror stories in the past. Should I call them?

It depends. There are situations that demand an immediate call to the IG.  These are usually pretty cut and dry. They tend to be serious offenses that involve a member of your Chain of Command. Let’s say you believe your 1SG is having an affair with a spouse in the unit. You could take this to the IG or to the BNCSM/BNCDR. Both of these would be equally acceptable courses of action.

So what about less serious problems?

When a Soldier goes to the IG,  the IG gathers information and then contacts the command group at the appropriate level. When the command group resolves the issue they report back to the IG with the action taken. The IG does not direct the chain of command on what action should be taken. There are exceptions to this but they are rare and deal with very serious matters in which the chain of command has refused to take appropriate action.

posted on 06/29/2011 under Q&A
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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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  • joseph

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    im stationed in Alaska, today we did a vehicle breach course, everyone in the stryker was freezing, 3 ppl got frostbites and the next day they still want to do a “wonder ruck” in negative 30 degree weather. how jacked up is this?

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