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IG investigations: considerations for targeted servicemembers

Any current or former military servicemember knows well the reaction that an armed forces branch department or unit has when its members learn that an IG (Inspector General) visit is forthcoming.

Tension prevails. Leaves are canceled. Many hours are spent reviewing best practices and going through policies and procedures to ensure compliance. Drills and training are increased. Attention to workplace safety and cleanliness, as well as to servicemembers’ appearance and outward rectitude, is emphasized.

Although an IG investigative focus is often on an office, scrutiny can also center on a small number of persons or even a single individual, which can exacerbate fears bred by concerns that dire repercussions may ensue.

They often do.

An IG inspection is a frequent occurrence across the entire military, with each branch having its own Inspector General. Although investigative offices have many functions, they are primarily seen in terms of their mandate to search for evidence of fraud, waste and abuse. As noted, investigative targets can range widely, from a large unit down to a single soldier, sailor, airman or marine.

At the Washington, D.C.-based Law Offices of David Sheldon, our principal attorney provides strong and knowledgeable legal representation to military members who have been identified as targets in IG investigations.

Often, those servicemembers require aggressive advocacy, given the wide investigative latitude that an IG inquiry can take. The records of a military member can be adversely affected in a material way by the outcome of an IG investigation. Promotions are sometimes delayed or even withdrawn. Careers can be blindsided and unexpectedly truncated.

Our law firm brings decades of on-point and proven advocacy to bear on behalf of servicemembers needing to protect their rights in IG investigations. We welcome requests for further information.

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