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Casualty and Mortuary Affairs. Department of the Army. Army Mortuary Affairs Program. Department of the Army Washington, DC. This publication is a mandated revision. The portions affected by this mandated revision are listed in the summary of change.

Army Reserve, unless otherwise stated. This regulation is applicable during full mobilization. Proponent and exception authority. The proponent of this regulation is the Deputy Chief of Staff, G—1.

The proponent has the authority to approve exceptions or waivers to this regulation that are consistent with controlling law and regulations. The proponent may delegate this approval authority, in writing, to 638-22 division chief within the proponent agency or its direct reporting unit or field operating agency, in the grade of colonel or the civilian equivalent. Activities may request a 63-2 to this regulation by providing justification that includes a full analysis of the expected benefits and must include formal review by the activity’s senior legal officer.

All waiver requests will be endorsed by the commander or senior leader of the requesting activity and forwarded through their higher headquarters to the policy proponent. Refer to AR 25—30 for specific guidance. Army internal control process. Further, if it is determined that an established “group” identified within this regulation, later zr on the characteristics of a committee, as found in the 638–2 15—1, then the proponent will follow all AR 15—1 requirements for establishing and continuing the group as a committee.

Contents Listed by paragraph and page number. Mortuary Affairs Program, page 3. Casualty 683-2 Mortuary Affairs Specific Allotment, page 5.

Eligible Decedents and Scope of Mortuary Benefits, page Handling Remains of Foreign Military Trainees, page Disposition of Remains, page Mortuary Services, page Summary report on mortuary cases, supplies, and personnel requirement control symbol: Search, Recovery, and Identification, page Cremation and Urns, page Selection of a U.


Shipment of group remains to a U. Transportation and Travel, page Funeral Travel, page Shipment of Remains, page Transportation, storage, and billing for remains consigned directly to a U.

Interment and Interment Allowances, page Eligibility for interment in U. Request for authority to inter in a U. Direct consignment of remains to a U. Religious services in a U. Funeral and Interment Allowances, page Non-Recovered Remains, page Interment Flag, page Government Headstones, Markers, and Medallions, 63-82 Persons eligible for U.

Summary Courts-Martial Officer, page Person Eligible to Receive Effects, page Care and Disposition of Personal Effects, page Disposition of Personal Effects in Theaters of Operation, page Past Conflicts and Repatriation, page Armed Forces Public Health Guidelines, page Internal Control Evaluation, page Authorized primary care expenses, page 5.

Authorized secondary care expense, page 5.

Authorized transportation expenses, page 6. Authorized and unauthorized memorial expenses applies only to non-recoverable remainspage 7 Table 1—5: Unauthorized expenses, page 8. Mortuary benefits for eligible decedents, page 6338-2 List of mortuary supplies and equipment, page Disposition of remains and portions, multiple death incident, page Standards of grade, page Classification of casket defects, page Classification of defects 683-2 solid bronze urns, page Classification of defects for solid hardwood urns, page Sample hardwood casket design, page Illustrations of military emblems, page This regulation describes the Army Mortuary Affairs Program; sets policies and responsibilities for operating 63-2 Army Current Death Program worldwide; covers search for, recovery, tentative identification, preparation, and disposition of remains and assistance to eligible Family members of persons for whom the Army is responsible by statutes and executive orders; and sets policies and responsibilities for the disposition of personal effects PE.

References See appendix A. Explanation of abbreviations and terms See the glossary. Be the single spokesperson for the Army on mortuary affairs issues. Formulate and supervise the development of policy and procedures for the Current Death Program, the current death.

Formulate 368-2 and procedures for the disposition of deceased, missing, and medically evacuated PE. Represent the Army to and with counterpart offices in the Department of Defense DOD regarding mortuary affairs issues, including the Central Joint Mortuary Affairs Board, a standing board that provides policy and operational oversight concerning mortuary affairs, procedures, mobilization planning, and recommendations on mortuary services. Deputy Chief of Staff, G—1.

The DCS, G—1 will ensure—. Navy 638-22 the U. Air Force, and periodic internal reviews to determine adequacy of interment allowances. Chiefs, Casualty Assistance Centers. The Chiefs, CACs will—. At installations within the United States, place the supervision of the Mortuary Affairs Program under the installation Directorate of Human Resources. In areas outside the United States where the Army operates a mortuary facility, place the supervision of the Mortuary Affairs Program under the 368-2 director of logistics or theater personnel command.


Operate activities related to the 638–2 and disposition of remains and ensure plans are established to perform mortuary. Provide escorts for remains. Have full responsibility for the handling and disposition of PE under their control or custody. Ensure the internal control evaluation see app I is completed annually.

Train basic disposition of remains and PE policy, procedures, and standards. Provide military burial honors in their geographic area of responsibility AOR for persons as prescribed by AR —.

AR Army Mortuary Affairs Program

Manage casualty reporting, notification, assistance, funeral honors, training, and mortuary affairs within their geo. Establish a 24 at a day, 7 days a week point of contact with appropriate civil authorities and local civilian or.

Assist installation CDRs in all aspects of mortuary affairs during a mass casualty. The CACs will utilize only.

AR 638-2 Care and Disposition of Remains and Disposition of Personal Effects

In preparation for mass casualty incidents—. Coordinate requests for invitational travel authorizations ITAs for Family travel to the dignified transfer of remains DTbedside travel for eligible Soldiers, and Family travel to unit memorials and funerals.

Support CAOs providing death investigation and fatality report updates and briefings. Support CDRs required 6382 invite Family members to attend unit memorial services or events, to include—. Deputy Chief of Staff, G—4.

The DCS, G—4 will—. In coordination with the DCS, G—1 develop policy and procedures for mortuary affairs operations to ensure interde. Provide procedural guidance for mortuary affairs arr points and theater-level mortuary affairs missions which. Formulate procedural guidance for search and recovery, contamination mitigation, tentative identification, prepara. Chief, National Guard Bureau.