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New policy on the Notification, Collection, and Documentation of Adverse Actions in Support of Officer Promotion Screening

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The Secretary of the Air Force, Inspector General, issued a memorandum July 17, 2018, regarding officer promotions.

The memo stated, “Department of Defense policy requires the Secretary of the Air Force to certify that officers submitted for Presidential approval or Senate confirmation of a promotion are fully qualified and meet the exemplary conduct provisions of Section 8583 of Title 10, United States Code. The Secretary must also ensure that officers whose names are forwarded continue to remain qualified.”

Effective immediately, commanders must report adverse actions to IGs and IGs must collect and document the adverse actions according to the following information:

- If an investigation is initiated on an Air Force officer O-1 to O-6 it must be reported to your local IG.

- If a standalone adverse action such as a Letter of Counseling, Letter of Admonishment, or Letter Reprimand is taken against any Air Force field grade officer without an investigation it must be reported to your local IG.

The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness said, “… the need for the Military Departments to ensure that no officer recommended for appointment is pending investigation of alleged adverse information as defined in DoD Instruction 1320.04, Military Officer Actions Requiring Presidential, Secretary of Defense, or Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Approval or Senate Confirmation.”

Questions can be directed to the 21st Space Wing/IG, at DSN 834-2104 or commercial 719-556-2104.

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