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.

The latest version of the form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the "DD Form 1559" - was released by the Department of the Army (DA) on June 1, 2018. An up-to-date DA Form 1559 fillable version is available for digital filing and download below or can be found through the Army Publishing Directorate (APD) website.

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.

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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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:
10 U.S.C 3013, Secretary of the Army; 10 U.S.C 3020, Inspector General Act of 1978 (Public Law, 95-452), as amended;
DoDD 1030.1, Victim and Witness Assistance; AR 20-1, Inspector General Activities and Procedures.
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE: To secure sufficient information to inquire into the matters presented and to provide a response to the requester(s) and/or
take action to correct deficiencies.
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 trial by courts-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)
LAST, FIRST, MIDDLE INITIAL
GRADE / RANK
DOD ID
COMPONENT / STATUS
UNIT AND COMPLETE MILITARY ADDRESS (Point of Contact/Telephone if applicable)
PREFERRED CONTACT TELEPHONE
(Duty, home, and / or cell)
PREFERRED MAILING ADDRESS (If different from military address, including ZIP Code)
E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optional)
(What do you want the IG to do for you?)
SPECIFIC ACTION REQUESTED
INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THIS REQUEST (Background. Use additional sheets if necessary; list enclosures if applicable.)
I do
I do not
consent to release my personal information 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 release my personal information, my request for assistance may go
unresolved.
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 release my
documents, my request for assistance may go unresolved.
This information is submitted for the basic purpose of requesting assistance, correcting injustices affecting the individual, or eliminating conditions
considered detrimental to the efficiency or reputation of the Army. Those who knowingly and intentionally provide false statements on this form are
subject to potential punitive and administrative action (UCMJ Art 107, 18 U.S.C 1001).
SIGNATURE
DATE (YYYYMMDD)
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE.
APD LC v1.02ES
DA FORM 1559, JUN 2018
Page 1 of 2
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:
10 U.S.C 3013, Secretary of the Army; 10 U.S.C 3020, Inspector General Act of 1978 (Public Law, 95-452), as amended;
DoDD 1030.1, Victim and Witness Assistance; AR 20-1, Inspector General Activities and Procedures.
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE: To secure sufficient information to inquire into the matters presented and to provide a response to the requester(s) and/or
take action to correct deficiencies.
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 trial by courts-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)
LAST, FIRST, MIDDLE INITIAL
GRADE / RANK
DOD ID
COMPONENT / STATUS
UNIT AND COMPLETE MILITARY ADDRESS (Point of Contact/Telephone if applicable)
PREFERRED CONTACT TELEPHONE
(Duty, home, and / or cell)
PREFERRED MAILING ADDRESS (If different from military address, including ZIP Code)
E-MAIL ADDRESS (Optional)
(What do you want the IG to do for you?)
SPECIFIC ACTION REQUESTED
INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THIS REQUEST (Background. Use additional sheets if necessary; list enclosures if applicable.)
I do
I do not
consent to release my personal information 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 release my personal information, my request for assistance may go
unresolved.
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 release my
documents, my request for assistance may go unresolved.
This information is submitted for the basic purpose of requesting assistance, correcting injustices affecting the individual, or eliminating conditions
considered detrimental to the efficiency or reputation of the Army. Those who knowingly and intentionally provide false statements on this form are
subject to potential punitive and administrative action (UCMJ Art 107, 18 U.S.C 1001).
SIGNATURE
DATE (YYYYMMDD)
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE.
APD LC v1.02ES
DA FORM 1559, JUN 2018
Page 1 of 2
(Continued)
INFORMATION PERTAINING TO THIS REQUEST
APD LC v1.02ES
DA FORM 1559, JUN 2018
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE.
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