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How to Report Someone Posing as a Military Officer

The crime of impersonating a military officer should be reported immediately.

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Impersonating an Army, Navy, Air Force or Marine officer is a serious offense that is punishable by law. If you have witnessed someone who has committed this offense, it is imperative that you contact the proper authorities immediately. In this case, the proper authorities include the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command (CID), which should be called for someone impersonating an Army officer, the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), which should be called for someone impersonating an Air Force officer, or the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), which should be called for someone impersonating either a Navy or Marine officer.

Contacting CID

Go to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command (CID) website.

Click the "Report a Crime" link on the left toolbar.

Click the "CID Office" link in the first paragraph at the top of the page.

Look through the list and locate the closest CID office in your area.

Call the number listed to report the crime. Alternatively, you could also email your local CID office using the email address listed. This may be helpful if you have documentation supporting your report, which can be attached to the email you send.

Contacting AFOSI

Go to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) website.

Click the "Units" link on the toolbar at the top of the page.

Click the "UNCLASS Phone Directory" link on the right side of the page.

Download the PDF file.

Look through the list and locate the closest AFOSI office in your area.

Call the number listed to report the crime.

Contacting NCIS

Go to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) website.

Click the tab labeled "Report a Crime" on the left side of the screen.

Click the link "Instructions for reporting a crime to NCIS."

Click the icon that says "Text and Web Tip Hotline."

Fill out the form. Do not include your name anywhere on the form. This is an anonymous tip.

Click "Submit Tip."

About the Author

Kelly O'Gea entered journalism in 2009. Since then, she has been the general editor of the collegiate publication "GAMBIT." O'Gea has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Southeastern Louisiana University.

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