DA Form 1559 "Inspector General Action Request"

What Is DA Form 1559?

DA Form 1559, Inspector General Action Request, is a form used by the Department of Defense (DoD) civilian employees and soldiers for presenting complaints, grievances, or requests for assistance. These complaints may cover what the requester believes to be evidence of fraud, waste, or abuse. The form assists Inspectors General (IG) in securing sufficient information about the case and taking the actions required to correct any deficiencies or shortcomings.

All soldiers and civilian employees working for the DoD have the right to present complaints and address concerns related to their duties to the IG for further investigation. Service members are encouraged but are not required to present their concerns to their chain of command before filing and submitting an IG Action Request.

The latest version of the form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as DD Form 1559 - was released by the U.S. Department of the Army (DA) on April 1, 2021. An up-to-date DA Form 1559 fillable version is available for download below. DD Form 2949, Joint Inspector General Action Request, is a related form used for responding to complaints and requests for assistance, advice, and information.

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How to Fill Out DA Form 1559?

An overview of the form and filing guidelines can be found in the Army Regulation 20-1, Inspector General Activities and Procedures. DA Form 1559 instructions are as follows:

  1. The form is filed either by the complainant personally or by the IG.
  2. The top line of the form requires the complainant's personal identifying information. This includes their full name, grade or rank, their DoD ID number along with their component and status.
  3. The next line requires the complainant's unit, the unit's full address, and a preferred contact phone number (a personal cell phone number, home phone, or a contact number at the current place of duty).
  4. The complainant has to provide their preferred mailing address (a military address or home address) and e-mail.
  5. The next box (Item 9) requires a description of the specific action that the complainant would like to request from the IG.
  6. Item 10 is for the background information on the case and the list of all supporting documentation attached to the form. The complainant may additional sheets if the space provided on DA Form 1559 is not enough to describe the issue in full.
  7. The next two boxes are for the complainant's consent to the release of their private information and the attached documentation to the IG. Consent is voluntary, but refusal can lead to delays or make the issue unresolvable.
  8. To initiate the investigation, the complainant must sign and date the form and submit it to the IG for processing.
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UNCLASSIFIED
INSPECTOR GENERAL ACTION REQUEST
For use of this form, see AR 20-1; the proponent agency is the Office of The Inspector General.
DATA REQUIRED BY THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974
AUTHORITY:
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE: To secure information sufficient to inquire into the matters presented, to take action to correct deficiencies, and to respond
to requesters.
ROUTINE USES:
Information is used for official purposes within the Department of Defense; to answer complaints or respond to requests for
assistance, advice, or information; by Members of Congress and other Government agencies when determined by the
Inspector General to be in the best interest of the Army; and, in certain cases, in trials by court-martial and other military
matters as authorized by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
DISCLOSURE:
Voluntary. However, failure to provide complete information may hinder proper identification of the requester,
accomplishment of the requested action(s), and response to the requester.
SORN:
A0020-1 SAIG, Inspector General Records (January 11, 2002, 67 FR 1447)
1. LAST, FIRST, MIDDLE INITIAL
2. GRADE / RANK
3. DOD ID
4. COMPONENT / DUTY STATUS
5. PREFERRED CONTACT TELEPHONE
6. E-MAIL ADDRESS(ES)
(Duty, home, and / or cell)
9. SPECIFIC ACTION REQUESTED
(What do you want the IG to do for you?)
10. HAVE YOU CONTACTED YOUR CHAIN OF COMMAND OR ANY AGENCY CONCERNING THIS REQUEST?
Yes
No
11. INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THIS REQUEST (Be specific and detailed. List any supporting documentation or enclosures if applicable.)
12.
consent to release my personal information outside of IG channels to the chain of command or other officials (but within
I do
I do not
DoD channels) in order to resolve the matters listed above. I understand that if I do not consent to the release of my personal information, my
request for assistance may go unresolved.
13.
I do
I do not
consent to release the supporting documents I provided to the IG (to exclude this DA Form) outside of IG channels to the
chain of command or other officials (but within DoD channels) in order to resolve the matters listed above. I understand that if I do not consent to
the release of my documents, my request for assistance may go unresolved.
14. SIGNATURE
15. DATE (YYYYMMDD)
16. IG / INTAKE REMARKS
DA FORM 1559, APR 2021
APD AEM v1.00ES
UNCLASSIFIED
Page 1 of 1
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE.
UNCLASSIFIED
INSPECTOR GENERAL ACTION REQUEST
For use of this form, see AR 20-1; the proponent agency is the Office of The Inspector General.
DATA REQUIRED BY THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974
AUTHORITY:
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE: To secure information sufficient to inquire into the matters presented, to take action to correct deficiencies, and to respond
to requesters.
ROUTINE USES:
Information is used for official purposes within the Department of Defense; to answer complaints or respond to requests for
assistance, advice, or information; by Members of Congress and other Government agencies when determined by the
Inspector General to be in the best interest of the Army; and, in certain cases, in trials by court-martial and other military
matters as authorized by the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
DISCLOSURE:
Voluntary. However, failure to provide complete information may hinder proper identification of the requester,
accomplishment of the requested action(s), and response to the requester.
SORN:
A0020-1 SAIG, Inspector General Records (January 11, 2002, 67 FR 1447)
1. LAST, FIRST, MIDDLE INITIAL
2. GRADE / RANK
3. DOD ID
4. COMPONENT / DUTY STATUS
5. PREFERRED CONTACT TELEPHONE
6. E-MAIL ADDRESS(ES)
(Duty, home, and / or cell)
9. SPECIFIC ACTION REQUESTED
(What do you want the IG to do for you?)
10. HAVE YOU CONTACTED YOUR CHAIN OF COMMAND OR ANY AGENCY CONCERNING THIS REQUEST?
Yes
No
11. INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THIS REQUEST (Be specific and detailed. List any supporting documentation or enclosures if applicable.)
12.
consent to release my personal information outside of IG channels to the chain of command or other officials (but within
I do
I do not
DoD channels) in order to resolve the matters listed above. I understand that if I do not consent to the release of my personal information, my
request for assistance may go unresolved.
13.
I do
I do not
consent to release the supporting documents I provided to the IG (to exclude this DA Form) outside of IG channels to the
chain of command or other officials (but within DoD channels) in order to resolve the matters listed above. I understand that if I do not consent to
the release of my documents, my request for assistance may go unresolved.
14. SIGNATURE
15. DATE (YYYYMMDD)
16. IG / INTAKE REMARKS
DA FORM 1559, APR 2021
APD AEM v1.00ES
UNCLASSIFIED
Page 1 of 1
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE.