Military Whistleblowers Get Little Help

The AP released a story describing the poor performance of the Department of Defense Inspector General’s Office: Whistle-blowers get little help if punished.

The inspector general’s office rejected claims of retaliation and stood by the military in more than 90 percent of nearly 3,000 cases during the past six years. More than 73 percent were closed after only a preliminary review that relied on available documents and sources — often from the military itself — to determine whether a full inquiry was warranted.

The Military Reprisal Investigations, or MRI, handles reprisal cases for military whstleblower reprisal cases.

The Directorate for Military Reprisal Investigations fulfills the statutory requirements to conduct and oversee allegations of whistleblower reprisal made by DoD Military Service members, Nonappropriated Fund (NAF) employees, and Contractor Employees. The Directorate also investigates alleged violations of DoD Directive 6490.1, “Mental Health Evaluations of Members of the Armed Forces.”

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One Response to Military Whistleblowers Get Little Help

  1. Military Mom November 27, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    My son (a senior officer) submitted a DOD IG complaint on whistle blower reprisal. It’s against a 4 star with proof of the reprisal. DOD is investigating (investigation has been ongoing for 4 months). Previous service IG investigation was conducted and quickly closed, unsubstantiated – even with unquestionable proof of the wrongdoing in the documents submitted. The officer quickly came after my son with a reprisal. We are anxiously awaiting what the results of the reprisal investigation will yeild. Most money is on the fact that that they will protect the 4-star at all costs – just as the service IG did when the officer was a 3-star. Time will tell.