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Do I need to report an off post fender bender that did not invlove a government vehicle?

Do you have to report and off post fender bender if you were not on duty?

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I know of no reason that requires you to report an off post, non-government vehicle accident, with no arrest, or injuries.

If you were confined, arrested, detained, and/or it was a serious incident with serious injuries, death, transportation of individuals to a medical facility, drinking/drugs then I would say there is a definite requirement to report.  The chain of command would use this information and send up a Serious Incident Report (SIR), if their reporting structure dictated such reporting.

If you seek medical attention from a military medical facility then you are required to tell them how you sustained the injury and they will sometimes coordinate with JAG to make a claim against the at fault party’s insurance.

The Army Safety Center has regulations and numerous tools and resources.  I conducted a quick search and did not see anything here that required reporting under the conditions you stated.

I would encourage you to check out the site just to make sure for yourself.  The last excuse you want to use is: “Hey 1SG I checked with some old CSM and he said I did not have to report the accident…” Hmm, what would follow would most likely not be a polite conversation 🙂

Here is a link to the Army Safety Center. Safety Center Website This site requires a CAC card

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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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