The modern Army Inspector General is an extension of the eyes, ears, voice and conscience of the commander. The Inspector General is a personal staff officer providing the commander with a sounding board for sensitive issues, and is typically a trusted agent in the command. The Inspector General is an honest broker and a consummate fact finder, whose primary tools include training, inspecting, assisting, and investigating.
All soldiers/airmen have the right to request assistance or present complaints to the State (TAG) IG.
The State (TAG) Inspector General is a confidential representative and member of the personal staff of The Adjutant General. He assesses and reports as the TAG directs on matters affecting mission performance and the state of economy, efficiency, discipline, morale, esprit de corps, and readiness of the New Jersey National Guard. The IG may administer oaths, receive and process requests for assistance, and conduct inquiries, investigations, and inspections. His area of interest includes every phase of activity of the command. Commanders or activity heads will provide all practicable aid and assistance necessary to facilitate IG inquiries, investigations, and inspections.
The traditional IG role is to be " the eyes and ears of the Commander. " The TAG has given the State (TAG) Inspector General five tasks:
· To keep The TAG fully apprised of what is going on to the best of his ability.
· To be the conscience of the Commander, but not the policy maker. To see if we are living up to the rules that have been made for us or that we have made for ourselves.
· To collect and disseminate good ideas throughout the Command. We must exchange innovative ideas more fully within our organizational framework.
· To be systems oriented in the inspection process and in all problem solving. Address causes rather than symptoms, refine current policy guidance, and incorporate unit problems into NJARNG and or NJANG problems rather than isolate them. This will emphasize making lasting corrections at the proper level and prevent a significant waste of time and resources.
· To be particularly sensitive to issues affecting retention.