DA Form 1574-1 Report of Proceedings by Investigating Officer

What Is DA Form 1574-1?

DA Form 1574-1, Report of Proceedings by Investigating Officer is a form used within the U.S. Army for documenting the facts of an investigation, presenting its findings, and giving recommendations for after-investigation actions. The appointed Investigating Officer (IO) completes the form, ensures that all data is correct and submits the form to the appointing authority that assesses the gathered results.

The form - sometimes confused with the DD Form 1574, Serviceable Tag - Materiel - was released by the Department of the Army (DA) in April 2016 with all previous editions obsolete. An up-to-date DA Form 1574 fillable version is available for download below or can be found through the Army Publishing Directorate website.

The DA 1574-1 is a part of the DA Form 1574 series along with the DA Form 1574-2, (Report of Proceedings by the Board of Officers). The DA 1574-2 is used by an appointed Board of Officers for recording investigations and reporting them to the appointing authority for review.

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REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS BY INVESTIGATING OFFICER
Note. Completed forms may contain personally identifiable information and require handling as set forth in AR 340-21.
For use of this form, see AR 15-6; the proponent agency is OTJAG.
IF MORE SPACE IS REQUIRED IN FILLING OUT ANY PORTION OF THIS FORM, ATTACH ADDITIONAL SHEETS
SECTION I - APPOINTMENT
Appointed by
(Appointing authority)
on
(Attach enclosure 1: Letter of appointment or summary of oral appointment data.) (See para 3-15, AR 15-6.)
(Date)
SECTION II - TIMELINE
1. The (investigation) commenced at
at
(Place)
(Time)
on
(Date)
2. The (investigating officer) finished gathering/hearing evidence a
on
and completed
(Time)
(Date)
findings and recommendations at
on
(Time)
(Date)
SECTION III - CHECKLIST FOR PROCEEDINGS
1/
2/
A. COMPLETE IN ALL CASES
YES
NO
NA
1.
Enclosures (para 3-13, AR 15-6)
Are the following enclosed and numbered consecutively with Roman numerals: (Attached in order listed)
a. The memorandum of appointment?
b. All other written communications to or from the appointing authority?
c. Privacy Act Statements (Certificate, if statement provided orally)?
d. Explanation by the investigating officer of any unusual delays, difficulties, irregularities, or other problems encountered (e.g., absence
of material witnesses)?
e. Any other significant papers (other than evidence) relating to administrative aspects of the investigation?
f. An Executive Summary, Index of Exhibits, Chronology of the Investigation and lists of all persons interviewed and evidence gathered.
(Complex, serious and/or high profile cases)?
2.
Exhibits (para 3-14, AR 15-6)
a. Are all items offered (whether or not received) or considered as evidence individually numbered or lettered as exhibits and attached
to this report?
b. Is an index of all exhibits offered to or considered by investigating officer attached before the first exhibit?
c. Has the testimony/statement of each witness been recorded verbatim or been reduced to written form and attached as an exhibit?
d. Are copies, descriptions, or depictions (if substituted for real or documentary evidence) properly authenticated and is the location of
the original evidence indicated?
e. Are descriptions or diagrams included of locations visited by the investigating officer (Appendix C-3, AR 15-6)?
f. Is each written stipulation attached as an exhibit and is each oral stipulation either reduced to writing and made an exhibit or
recorded?
FOOTNOTES:
1/
Explain all negative answers on an attached sheet.
2/
Use of the N/A column constitutes a positive representation that the circumstances described in the question did not occur in this investigation.
DA FORM 1574-1, APR 2016
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE.
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How to Fill out DA Form 1574-1?

Procedural guidelines and additional information can be found in the Army Regulation 15-6 (Procedures for Administrative Investigations and Boards of Officers) released in April 2016. DA Form 1574-1 instructions are as follows.

  1. Section I identifies the authority appointing the investigation and provides the date of appointment.
  2. Section II lists the key stages of investigation and provides the beginning and end dates for each stage.
  3. Section III contains a series of questions that need to be answered during the investigation procedure.
  4. Section IV is for presenting the information gathered during the investigation and reporting its results. Each paragraph must relate to one evidence-based conclusion and answer a single question raised in the memorandum by the appointing authority.
  5. Section V lists the IO-given recommendations. The IO certifies the information provided on the report by signing Section VI.
  6. Section VII is completed by the appointing authority. The appointing authority will examine the facts, findings, and recommendations and approve the report (with or without modifications) or return the report for corrections. Incomplete, ambiguous, or erroneous reports will be returned to the IO to be revised.
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