Armed Forces News

Defense Department Inspector General Joseph Schmitz is reminding service members of ways to report suspected incidents of wrongdoing outside their chains of command. Service members and civilians who witness what they believe to be a violation of ethical standards or the law should report such conduct, either through the chain of command, or directly to their service-level inspector general, or directly to the inspector general of the Department of Defense. Service members and civilians who wish to report incidents without going through their chains of command can use the Department of Defense Hotline Program. They can call toll free (800) 424-9098, commercial (703) 604-8569, or DSN 664-8569. They also can mail their concerns to The Defense Hotline, The Pentagon, Washington, D.C., 20301-1900. The e-mail address is For more information, visit the DoD Inspector General Web site at