Inputs not firing on characters

I made a new character blueprint. The characters will get into formation. Once they are in formation I want to be able to move them all forward with the MoveForward input. The issue is the MoveForward axis node does not fire and the Get MoveForward node only ever returns 0.

     I started with the third person game template. I have a controlled character that does receive inputs that I use to determine where the other characters' positions should be. That character moves around normally like a regular third person character, though it is not visible.

     As far as I can tell there is nothing that is blocking or consuming inputs I have gone through and unchecked all of those I could find and enabling inputs on the characters does nothing.

Thanks for any help you can give. This has completely stalled my project.

Have you check

Check that your character is getting possessed by the controller