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NEWS | Nov. 3, 2022

Army Recruiter Assistant Programs Case Reviews

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The Army’s Criminal Investigation Division (CID) began in June to review the cases of about 1,900 individuals who had been implicated in a recruiting assistance program alleged to have been susceptible to fraud by participants. During these law enforcement investigations, most individuals were titled, and some were indexed in the FBI Interstate Identification Index (III) without meeting the appropriate criteria to warrant those actions.

Titling means placing someone in the “SUBJECT” block of a criminal investigation report and the Defense Clearance and Investigations Index (DCII) database.  Titling is an administrative determination based upon the existence of “credible information” that an individual may have committed a criminal offense requiring investigation. As defined by the DoD for military criminal investigative titling, “credible information” is a low evidentiary threshold; less than “probable cause.” Titling is not a judicial decision and does not indicate that an individual was charged with or convicted of a criminal offense. It is a routine record-keeping function and, by itself, does not connote either guilt or innocence of a crime.

Indexing refers to an individual being entered into the FBI Interstate Identification Index (III) and NCIC databases.  For individuals subject to the UCMJ, indexing occurs upon the determination that probable cause exists to believe the individual committed a criminal offense. For individuals not subject to the UCMJ, indexing occurs upon the determination that probable cause exists and arrest, indictment, or the entry of charges. Indexing results in an individual having a criminal history in a centralized database utilized by federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.

Based on the results of the ongoing reviews, the Army’s Crime Records Center will amend the law enforcement records and reports pursuant to applicable laws and regulations, to include removal from criminal [law enforcement] databases as warranted.  The review process will be thorough and expeditious but may take until the end of the calendar year to complete. 

A soldier or former soldier who is determined to have been improperly indexed and/or titled may believe that this change in investigative status impacts previous or current personnel actions such as, but not limited to, clearances, promotions, separations, record updates, or claims of injury/injustice. Written notifications to the soldier will include instructions on how to begin potential requests for redress. Because each case’s circumstances vary with respect to potential negative impacts of improper indexing and/or titling, each request or application for redress may involve a variety of processes and approval authorities. As such, requests are addressed on a case-by-case basis.

 If you believe you were involved with the Recruiter Assistant Programs and believe you may have been improperly indexed or titled, please visit the web site below for additional information and guidance to agencies that will help you assess your next steps. 

Please visit this site ( to find the most current information on your potential involvement, and to find resources to address any outstanding issues from a correction to your records.