Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Secretary of the Navy, Ray Mabus tells Navy Officials "Retaliation against members of the Armed Forces for reporting a criminal offense is prohibited." Unfortunately, in my case, he's a day late and a dollar short!



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RMKS/1.  Retaliation against alleged victims or other members of the Armed
Forces who report a criminal offense is prohibited.  This prohibition
constitutes a lawful general order, is punitive, and is applicable to all
Department of the Navy (DON) personnel without further implementation.  A
violation by a person subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ)
(Chapter 47 of Title 10, United States Code) is punishable as a violation of
Article 92 of the UCMJ.  A violation by civilian personnel may be punishable
under regulations governing disciplinary actions.

2.  Per Ref (a), at a minimum, retaliation includes taking or threatening to
take an adverse personnel action or withholding or threatening to withhold a
favorable personnel action, with respect to a member of the Armed Forces
because the member reported a criminal offense.  Additionally, retaliation
includes ostracism and such acts of maltreatment committed by peers of a
member of the Armed Forces or by other persons because the member reported a
criminal offense. 

3.  The DON is revising all appropriate instructions to incorporate these
changes.  In the interim, consult and coordinate with Command Inspectors
General on matters involving allegations of suspected retaliation. 

Additionally, recommend you consult with your Staff Judge Advocate, Office of
General Counsel Attorney, Region Legal Service Office, or Legal Services
Support Section, as appropriate, with any questions regarding this message. 

4.  Point of contact at Naval Inspector General is Mr. Richard Gambino,
Branch Head, Whistleblower Reprisal, at (202) 433-2097, or via e-mail at
richard.gambino@navy.mil.

5.  Released by Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy.//

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Sadly, the DoD grants better protection to civilian contractors than its own "federal" military personnel.