DoD Instruction 1300.18 - Military Personnel Casualty Matters, Policies and Procedures
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.