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For more than 200 years, Army IGs have inspected, audited, investigated, trained, and performed those duties necessary to support the Army's mission. During that time, the purpose and organization of the Army IG system have changed considerably (see History). The modern Army IG is an extension of the eyes, ears, voice, and conscience of the commander. The IG is a personal staff officer providing the commander a sounding board for sensitive issues. IGs are honest brokers and consummate fact finders. Their primary functions are training, inspecting, assisting, and investigating.
IGs operate within an environment consisting of the commander, the commander's soldiers, family members, DA civilian employees, retirees, and other civilians needing assistance with an Army matter and the IG system. They must be sufficiently independent so that those requesting IG assistance will continue to do so, even when the complainant feels that the commander may be the problem. Therefore, IGs must maintain a clear distinction between being an extension of the commander and their sworn duty to serve as fair and impartial fact finders and problem solvers. Commanders must also understand this clear distinction for their IGs to be effective. For additional information on The Office of the Inspector General and the U.S. Army Inspector General Agency (USAIGA), see IG Systems.
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