Titling. What is it? We receive phone calls with regularity from Soldiers who have been titled as the subjects in investigations.
This blog entry will shed some light on what it means to be titled. The short definition is that titling is the decision to place the name of a person in the subject block of a CID report of investigation. The standard that agents use is whether credible information exists which would cause a reasonable person to suspect the subject may have committed a criminal offense. It is a pretty low standard.
The titling decision is considered to be operational. In other words, the decision rests with the CID agent. It is not a probable cause determination. It does not mean that an offense was substantiated. It's simply a decision to label a person a subject in an investigation.
The most significant implication of a titling decision is that the subject's name is indexed in DCII and with the Army Crime Records Center. The subject is usually also flagged.
Access to DCII is significant. It can cause future problems in the event of job applications that conduct background searches. Titling actions can be appealed through CID and the ABCMR.