Before you tell the IG

Be sure you have a problem, not just a peeve: Just because the DFAC serves steamed broccoli,

and you don’t like steamed broccoli, doesn’t mean the DFAC’s food is bad.


Give your chain of command a chance to solve the problem: Many problems can be

addressed by the chain of command.


Be honest and don’t provide misleading information: IGs will discover the truth quickly in

most cases 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

change 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: Your claim that a supervisor has

violated the rules doesn’t make it fact. A claim must be supported with evidence.


Don’t expect instant action on your request… Be patient: Investigations and inquiries take



Be prepared to take “No” for the answer: In any case “Yes” or “No”, the IG will explain why.