A person who prefers charges must sign the charges
and specifications under oath before a commissioned
officer of the armed forces authorized to administer oath
and state that the signer has personal knowledge of or
has investigated the matters set forth in the charges and
specifications and that they are true in fact to the best of
that persons knowledge and belief.
The format of charges and specifications is used to
Form 458. The charge sheet consists of five sections.
Refer to figures 11-2A and 11-2B as we discuss each
section in the following paragraphs.
SECTION I - PERSONAL DATA
This section identifies the accused and provides
personal information from the accused's service record. Any
type of pretrial restraint of the accused is identified here also.
SECTION II - CHARGES AND SPECIFICATIONS
This section contains the formal written accusation
allege violations of the UCMJ on the Charge Sheet, DD
against the accused in the form of charges and
Figure 11-2A.-Charge Sheet, DD Form 458, front.