518. Initial powers and duties of the commanding officer.

If a commanding officer1 of a person becomes aware of an allegation which indicates, or circumstances which indicate, that the person has or may have committed a service offence2, he has initial powers3 in respect of the case4. However that is not the case if the allegation or circumstances: (1) give or have given rise to a duty to ensure the service police are aware of the possibility that a serious offence5 has been committed6 or of prescribed circumstances7; (2) are being or have been investigated by a service police force8; or (3) are being or have been investigated