Document includes the following:
- Memo reaffirming OSD's commitment to fallen servicemember's families
- Memo on providing honors for deceased military members at final destination airports
- Operations directive for military escorts for human remains
Establishes uniform personnel policies and procedures for reporting, recording, notifying, and assisting the next of kin whenever DoD casualties are sustained. Establishes a central DoD repository for casualty information and provides uniform official casualty terms and definitions. Establishes uniform guidelines for obtaining and maintaining emergency notification information.
Establishes the Central Joint Mortuary Affairs Office for coordinating mortuary affairs policy, procedures, mobilization planning, and recommendations on mortuary services during military operations. Provides overarching policy guidance complementing Joint Publication 4-06, which establishes tactics, techniques, and procedures for mortuary affairs in joint operations.
This publication provides joint doctrine for mortuary affairs support in joint operations. It outlines procedures for the search, recovery, evacuation (to include tracking of human remains), tentative identification, processing, and/or temporary interment of remains. This publication addresses both the Department of Defense's mortuary affairs responsibilities in regards to civil support duties under United States Northern Command, and to the other geographic combatant commanders. It further addresses the handling of personal effects of deceased and missing personnel.
Memorandum establishing policy guidance authorizing Department of Defense to provide internal coverage of dignified transfers at Dover when primary next of kin has not authorized external media but wishes to receive a recording of their loved one's dignified transfer.
This instruction provides guidance for remains disposition of Air Force and other eligible personnel, identification of remains, military funeral honors, guidance and procedures for search and recovery, government cemeteries and headstones, government mortuary facilities, procurement of supplies, contract mortuary services, case file maintenance, records administration and disposal, and reimbursable supplies and services.
This regulation prescribes the policies and mandated operating tasks, responsibilities, and procedures for casualty operations functions of the military personnel system. The casualty operations functions include casualty reporting, notification, assistance, and fatal accident family brief program.