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Reprisals and Retaliation

Five things to know

Sailors whose official service record may reflect reprisal or retaliation because they reported a criminal offense, including sexual assault or sexual harassment, can request records correction through the Board for Correction of Naval Records.

Section 1709 of the fiscal year 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (FY14 NDAA) required the secretary of defense to create regulations to prohibit retaliation. On April 25, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus issued ALNAV 030/14, prohibiting retaliation against members of the Department of the Navy who report a criminal offense. On Dec. 4, Mabus signed out SECNAV Instruction 5370.7D, Military Whistleblower Protection.

Here are five things you need to know about reprisal and retaliation:

1. Sailors who believe they have been reprised or retaliated against and wish to have their record corrected for action taken as a result of retaliation can visit http://www.donhq.navy.mil/bcnr/bcnr.htm or http://www.public.navy.mil/BUPERS-NPC/CAREER/RECORDSMANAGEMENT/Pages/BCNR.aspx for instructions on how to do so.

2. Reprisal includes taking adverse personnel actions or withholding favorable personnel actions. It also includes threatening either positive or negative personnel actions. Retaliation includes ostracism or maltreatment by peers. Both supervisors and peers can be guilty of retaliation.

3. Reprisal or retaliation against alleged victims or other members of the armed forces who report a criminal offense is prohibited and punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) Article 92. A violation by civilian personnel may be punishable under regulations governing disciplinary actions.

4. Sailors wishing to report reprisal or retaliation can speak with their local inspector general (IG) office on matters involving allegations of suspected retaliation.

5. Sailors can also visit the Department of the Navy's IG website to report reprisal or retaliation through the complaint hotline. It is important to note that the IG won't investigate retaliation; a complaint can be filed with the IG, but the investigation will be referred to the appropriate command.

It is imperative that Sailors report crimes or sexual harassment without fear of reprisal or retaliation, and victims receive the appropriate level of care and support. Commanding officers, executive officers and officers-in-charge can consult with their staff judge advocate, office of General Counsel Attorney, region legal service office or legal services support section with any questions. Sailors and civilians deserve a responsible, professional, and safe environment in which to work, live and serve our country.

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