This program provides for the search,
recovery, and evacuation of remains to a processing
point; identification and preparation of remains in a
mortuary; and shipment, for permanent disposition, to
a final destination designated by the PNOK.
Concurrent Return Program normally becomes
operational when large numbers of military personnel
are committed to a strategic area.
Remains buried in temporary cemeteries (under
the GR program or in emergencies) will normally be
disinterred and evacuated under the Concurrent Return
Program if conditions and capabilities permit.
RETURN OF REMAINS PROGRAM
The Return of Remains Program provides for
permanent disposition of remains of persons buried in
temporary cemeteries who could not be evacuated
under the Concurrent Return Program. The Return of
Remains Program is activated only upon the enactment
of special legislation. This special legislation may
authorize the establishment of one or more permanent
American cemeteries in the overseas area and may
give PNOK the option of having the remains buried
therein or shipped to another place of their choosing.
When the Return of Remains Program becomes
activated, the Chief, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery
(BUMED), is responsible for advising field activities
of its activation.
CASUALTY ASSISTANCE CALLS
The Casualty Assistance Calls Program (CACP) is
administered by the Commander, Naval Military
Personnel Command (COMNAVMILPERSCOM),
and the Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC).
Although integrally related, the CACP is not part of the
Decedent Affairs Program.
The CACP details a
Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO), usually a
commissioned officer (although senior enlisted
personnel may be used), to personally contact the
The CACO helps the PNOK and SNOK
(secondary next of kinchildren over 18, brother,
etc.) with problems surrounding the death, and
provides information on such matters as
disposition of remains,
death gratuity and unpaid pay and allowances,
personal effects of the deceased,
settlement of the decedents estate (wills, bank
accounts, property, savings bonds, commercial
Servicemens Group Life Insurance (SGLI), and
travel of dependents to grave site and to
The Navy and Marine Corps Casualty Assistance
Calls Programs are operated differently.
individual service instructions noted below should be
consulted for specifics.
NAVPERS 15560, Naval Military Personnel
BUPERSINST 1770.3, The Navy Casualty
Assistance Calls Program (CACP) Manual
MCO P3040.4, Marine Corps Casualty
Procedures Manual (MARCORCASPROC-
ELIGIBILITY FOR DECEDENT
individuals who are eligible for decedent
Navy and Marine Corps members who expire
while serving on active duty or active and inactive duty
for training are entitled to Decedent Affairs Program
benefits. Generally, the following persons under the
jurisdiction of the Department of the Navy are entitled
to some decedent affair benefits: dependents, retirees,
a n d c i v i l i a n e m p l o y e e s .
F o r d e t a i l s , s e e
NAVMEDCOMINST 5360.1, Decedent Affairs
NOTIFICATION OF DEATH
LEARNING OBJECTIVE: Identify forms
used to report casualties, deaths, and
personnel missing or missing in action.
As soon as possible after it is determined that a
casualty has occurred, submit a casualty report in
accordance with MILPERSMAN 4210100.
death occurs, complete the Personnel Casualty
Report (Death), Report Symbol NMPC 1770-4