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CHAPTER 4 PERSONNEL CASUALTY REPORTS A  tragedy  occurred  in  the  port  of  Haifa,  Israel, December  1990,  when  a  liberty  boat  capsized  at  night while returning to USS Saratoga (CV-60). This tragedy resulted in the death of 21 sailors. For Personnel men assigned to the ship, this unfortunate accident reinforced the need to be prepared for personnel casualty reporting. This chapter acquaints you with the various types of casualties and casualty reporting formats. This chapter also helps you in the preparation of personnel casualty reports  and  provides  you  with  information  on  what  to do after the submission of the initial report. The use of this chapter as the sole reference is not recommended.  Refer  to  the  proper  Naval   Military Personnel  Manual(  MILPERSMAN),  Articles  4210100 through 4210140, and the Program (CACP) Manual, further  guidance. Casualty Assistance Calls BUPERSINST 1770.3, for PERSONNEL  CASUALTY  REPORTING AND ASSISTANCE A casualty report is required whenever members of the  Navy,  certain  former  members,  certain  Navy dependents, members of other branches of the armed forces, foreign military personnel, and civilians serving with or attached to Navy commands become casualties. TYPES OF CASUALTIES The Navy considers a person to be a casualty if that person’s services are lost due to the following: Illness, injury, or wounds of a serious nature Wounds  received  inaction  whether  serious  or  not Missing,  including  missing  in  action  (MIA) Interned  or  detained  in  a  foreign  country Captured, beleaguered, or besieged by hostile force Death Duty   status-whereabouts   unknown   (DUST- WUN) Casualties  also  may  include  families  of  Navy members  on  active  duty  or  qualified  civilian  Navy employees  and  their  family  members  in  a  foreign country who are unaccounted for and must be reported together  with  a  complete  account  of  the  circumstances surrounding  their  disappearance  or  death.  The  report submitted for family members should be the same as that of  active  duty  personnel,  appropriately  modified. Additionally,  when  an  incapacitated  individual cannot  communicate  with  his  or  her  next  of  kin, regardless of condition, the individual is a casualty for reporting  purposes. REPORTING  CASUALTIES The  commander,  commanding  officer  (CO),  or immediate  superior  in  command  submits  a  personnel casualty report on members who become casualties. The casualty  report  is  sent  by  high  precedence  (usually priority)  message. If a casualty occurs to a member while away from his  or  her  command,  the  local  naval  activity  informed of the circumstances must verify the casualty. The naval activity  will  notify  the  member’s  command  and  the Chief of Naval Personnel (CHNAVPERS), Washington, DC, by high precedence message. The Judge Advocate General  (JAG)  and  Chief,  Bureau  of  Medicine  and Surgery (BUMED) must be included as information addressees. The message must include items ALFA through HOTEL as directed in the MILPERSMAN, Article  4210100. The activity informed of the circumstances also requests that the member’s command make a complete report.  In  cases  where  the  member’s  command  is unknown,   the   naval   activity   informed   of   the circumstances   must   inform   CHNAVPERS   of   the casualty  (with  JAG  as  an  information  addressee). Include  a  statement  that  shows  the  member’s  command is unknown. Also request that the member’s command be notified and advised to make a complete report. Each  casualty  report  is  submitted  in  a  specific format. The 17 items required in a casualty report and identified  by  phonetic  letters  ALFA  through  QUEBEC are  described  in  the  next  few  pages.  A  complete 4-1

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