The reason that immediate representation upon notification that an investigation is underway is extremely important is because once a service member is “titled” by a Department of Defense law enforcement agency, it is next to impossible to get the service member untitled. Even if your chain of command never pursues court-martial, an Article 15 or Captain’s Mast, or some other action, if you are titled by a DoD law enforcement agency, the offense for which you are titled will appear in every National Criminal Information Center (NCIC) background check ever conducted on you in the future. For example; if you are investigated for rape and CID or NCIS or OSI titles you for rape, then, even if you are never charged with rape or any other crime, you will appear in a NCIC background check as having been titled with rape. This titling will follow you for the rest of your life. A titling for rape or another serious offense could very well result in employers, sports leagues such as Little League or Pop Warner football preventing you from joining their organization if they obtain this information. Is it fair? Absolutely not, but this is the system that DoD has in place. How do you help prevent from being titled? You receive the assistance of an experienced attorney who can speak with the investigators and attempt to get them to pursue evidentiary leads which might prove your innocence. You need an advocate while the investigation is ongoing.