Special Power Of Attorney Form
Q: Does anyone know what form is the military special power of attorney form? I have search for this form many times but haven't got anything. Can anyone give me some advice or guide me to sourses of information that can help me??? I need this as soon as possible. Any help???
A: There is no form for a special power of attorney. As you will be limiting the use of the PoA to specific purposes ther is no form as it woul dbe far too lengthy to cover all possible contingencies. there is no specific power of attorney form for the Army. When I was active duty army (1994 - 1998), we used an automated program, where we plugged in the Soldier's specific info, as macros and then printed the document up. Also we always made Soldiers sigh a disclaimer for a General POA. Generally, unless there was a specific need for a General, we always recommended that only a Special be used. Many young Soldiers try to get a POA with no true understanding of what the document is or what it is capable of. Sometimes this comes from Commanders and First Sgts telling the troop that they "need" to get one. Sometimes it is from a "following the herd" at a SRP. It is interesting to note that a "Revocation to a POA" document exists. But it is not worth a whole lot. The Soldier would have to present the Revocation to any and every place the POA might be used at - which is usually impossible to completely accomplish. Just cause the POA is no longer valid doesn't mean that places won't still accept the POA since it is hard for them to know it is invalid. Once, a POA is created, it is a monster to stop. Also, a Soldier must ask himself or herself, if she really needs one. For example, an 18 year old Private with no bills, no car, and no property other than a bank account most likely doesn't need one. A 32 year old Staff Sergeant with a wife of 12 years and 3 kids, with 2 cars, most likely would. Not everyone needs a POA.
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