the spouse." When asked to further explain, he hastened to opine that the definition of the PNOK is malleable, and based on the culture of the deceased.
It is as if an NIS investigator would have to conduct a background investigation into a deceased person's belief system, as well as his cultural and religious values, before investigating the designation of his PNOK. That is not our understanding of the role of a police investigator, at least not in our society.
Once the collateral investigation is complete, the new regulation requires the appointing authority to offer a family presentation based on the report of investigation to adult PNOK on all fatal training and operation accidents, as well as suspected cases of friendly fire and special interest cases of probable high public interest, as determined by The Adjutant General.
(20) If family members ask questions during the presentation that are appropriately answered by a legal advisor, the briefer must forward the questions to the legal advisor, who may follow up directly with the PNOK. (21)
For PNOKs under the age of eighteen, the adult custodian determines the PNOK's ability to receive a face-to-face presentation.