The JRTC and Ft Polk Office of the Inspector General is a resource for all Soldiers, Civilians, and Family Members to request assistance with any Army related issue or allegation.
The Inspector General provides the Commanding General a continuous assessment of the readiness, discipline, efficiency, economy, morale, training, and operational effectiveness throughout the command.
Open Door Policy
Leaders cannot deny a Soldier from seeing the Commander. Read you commander’s policy for specific scheduling requirements.
Leaders must ensure that the corrective training is appropriate for the incident. The following rules limit corrective training: Non-punitive in nature, of limited duration, and limited scope. Hazing is not corrective training and is illegal. Soldiers cannot give express or implied consent to being hazed. Reference: AR 600-20, Ch. 4-19.
Improper examples of corrective training:
A Soldier who is late for formation MAY NOT be required to build a sandbag wall.
Reporting at 0500 or at 1800 hrs. for a PT session is not appropriate corrective training for being disrespectful to a NCO.
Suspension of favorable actions-FLAGS
Commander will reevaluate flag rosters monthly. Soldiers will be counseled as to why they were flagged. Reference: AR 600-8-2, Ch. 2-6.
Bars to Reenlistment
Commanders will review bars every 3 months; and counsel the barred Soldier. Reference: AR 601-280, Ch. 8.
Treating others with dignity and respect
The Army is a values-based organization. Everyone is expected to treat all persons with dignity and respect. Hazing, bullying, and other behaviors that undermine dignity and respect are fundamentally in opposition to Army values and are prohibited under the punitive provisions of AR 600-20 Ch 4. Violators may be subject to UCMJ punishment.
The IG can provide assistance but does not intervene in issues and allegations involving:
Issues that have other means of redress/remedy:
OERs / NCOERs
Type of Discharge Received
Financial Liability Investigations of Property Loss
Relief for Cause
Adverse Information Filed in Records
The IG does not make command policy.
The IG does not recommend adverse personnel actions.
The IG does not go “off the record”.
The IG does not jeopardize the distinction between being the extension of the commander and a fair and impartial fact-finder.
The IG does not release records without appropriate level of release authority
Before You Tell It To The Inspector General
Be sure you have a problem, not just a peeve.
Give your chain of command a chance to solve the problem.
If IG assistance is needed, contact your local IG first. (IG’s at higher commands will normally refer the case to the local IG for action)
Be honest; do not provide misleading information. (IG’s will discover the truth, and there are penalties for knowingly providing false information)
Keep in mind that IGs are not policy makers. (If a policy is flawed you can submit proposed changes on a DA Form 2028)
Keep in mind that IGs can only recommend, not order a resolution. (Only Commanders can order; the role of the IG is to advise the Commander)
Remember IGs can only resolve a case on the basis of fact. (A claim must be supported by evidence)
Do not expect instant action on your request. Be patient. (Investigations take time)
Be prepared to take “No” for the answer. (In either case, “Yes” or “No” the IG will explain why)
Soldiers, Family Members, and Civilians have the right to make or prepare communications to the Inspector General’s Office protected by law without fear of unfavorable personnel action being taken, or threatened to be taken, or fear of favorable personnel action being withheld or threatened to be withheld.