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Ok. Let start by saying that I'm not sure that I would charge this as a forgery. I suppose that they can argue that your placing other's signatures on the document changed both your legal status (by claiming you had met the PHA requirements) and their legal status (by making them legally liable for having seen you when they didn't), but I'd classify this more as a false official statement.
It is a Department of Defense form. It is an official document.
The reason that is an official document is that, when you turn it in, you are making a specific statement concerning the status of your Physical Health Assessment, a statement that is legally required by the military.
The point is that fighting this, and I'm assuming you mean fighting it by demanding court martial, would be a serious mistake. Your defense here isn't going to invalidate the claim and you'll just end up subjecting yourself to greater punishments by pushing the forum to the next level. Some argument could be made that this is not a true forgery, but it is a crime and they aren't locked into what they first charge. Fighting them on the issue will only result in them getting to the correct charge at a much more damaging forum.
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