The DA Form 2823 is a document used in the army whenever a sworn testimony is needed. Typically it only has a few boxes which need to be filled out. These are mainly used for identification of the interviewer or interviewee. Due to the importance of this document, there is usually an interviewer present when this form is used and a statement is taken to serve as a witness and as a guide to keep the statements relevant and to the purpose.
How to Use
This form may be used to document everything from criminal activities to grievances against superiors or subordinates. It may also be used for other circumstances such as attesting to someone’s abilities. When giving a statement it is very important to stick to only to the facts. This is especially important when one is a witness to an army crime or filing a grievance since irrelevant information can often confuse or mislead anyone who needs to make an informed decision regarding the subject matter. Sworn statements need to be concise, to the point, and as accurate as possible.
The DA Form 2823 may also act as supporting documentation when filling out applications and forms. Typically, most forms in the military require proof of circumstance. Any written statements provided by an attorney, physician, family member etc. carry a lot of weight when done correctly. The DA Form 2823 is the proper way to submit written statement and may help an applicant achieve their goals wherever a testimonial is required.
The sworn statement will be signed by the witness/interviewer and the one giving the statement as well as dated. Some other forms of information such as a social security number may be requested but not required. It is illegal to give a false statement under most circumstances and particularly so via the DA Form 2823 thus, one must take care to remember the facts as well as they can and avoid anything which may be viewed as falsifying such a document or hindering an investigation. Any attempt to falsify a statement on this form or intentionally misleading an investigation would be considered a very serious crime as this form is considered a legally binding statement.
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