DD Form 261 "Report of Investigation Line of Duty and Misconduct Status"

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This is a form that was released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) on March 1, 2021. The form, often mistakenly referred to as the DA Form 261, is a military form used by and within the U.S. Army. As of today, no separate instructions for the form are provided by the DoD.

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CONTROLLED when filled in
REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
1. REPORT DATE (YYYYMMDD)
LINE OF DUTY AND MISCONDUCT STATUS
(Read the Privacy Act Statement in its entirety before completing this form.)
2. INVESTIGATION OF (X One)
3. STATUS (X as applicable)
INJURY
DISEASE
ILLNESS
DEATH
a. REGULAR OR EAD
4. TO (Major Army or Air Force Commander)
b. CALLED OR ORDERED TO AD FOR
(1) MORE THAN 30 DAYS
(2) 30 DAYS OR LESS
5. NAME OF INDIVIDUAL (Last, First, Middle Initial)
6. SSN (Army and Air Force Only) 7. GRADE
c. INACTIVE DUTY TRAINING (Type)
8. ORGANIZATION AND STATION
d. SHORT TOUR OF ACTIVE DUTY
FOR TRAINING
9. OTHER MILITARY PERONNEL INVOLVED IN THE SAME INCIDENT
e. DURATION (Applies ONLY to 3. & d)
c. LOD INVESTI-
GATION MADE (X)
a. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. GRADE
DATE
HOUR
(YYYYMMDD)
YES
NO
(1) START
(2) FINISH
10. BASIS FOR FINDINGS (As determined by investigation)
(1) HOUR
(2) DATE (YYYYMMDD)
(3) PLACE
a. CIRCUMSTANCES
(4) HOW SUSTAINED
b. MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS
c. PRESENT FOR
e. WAS INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT OR
f. WAS INDIVIDUAL
d. IF ABSENT: (X)
DUTY? (X)
NEGLECT THE PROXIMATE CAUSE? (X)
MENTALLY SOUND? (X)
(Do not complete
10.e and 10.f in
WITH AUTHORITY
death cases.)
YES
NO
YES
NO
YES
NO
WITHOUT AUTHORITY
g. REMARKS
11. FINDINGS with (Army Only: FINDING- ILD (injury, illness or disease) ONLY; RECOMMENDATION- NLD and Death cases)
IN LINE OF DUTY
NOT IN LINE OF DUTY - NOT DUE TO OWN MISCONDUCT
NOT IN LINE OF DUTY - DUE TO OWN MISCONDUCT
12. INVESTIGATING OFFICER
a. TYPED NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. GRADE
c. BRANCH OF SERVICE
d. ORGANIZATION AND STATION
e. SIGNATURE
13. ACTION BY APPOINTING AUTHORITY
14. ACTION BY REVIEWING AUTHORITY
a. HEADQUARTERS
b. DATE (YYYYMMDD)
a. HEADQUARTERS
b. DATE (YYYYMMDD)
c. (X one. Indicate reasons and substituted findings on back.)
c. (X one. Indicate reasons and substituted findings on back.)
APPROVED
DISAPPROVED
APPROVED
DISAPPROVED
d. TYPED NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
d. TYPED NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
e. GRADE
f. BRANCH OF SERVICE
e. GRADE
f. BRANCH OF SERVICE
g. SIGNATURE
g. SIGNATURE
DD FORM 261, MARCH 2021
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REPORT OF INVESTIGATION
1. REPORT DATE (YYYYMMDD)
LINE OF DUTY AND MISCONDUCT STATUS
(Read the Privacy Act Statement in its entirety before completing this form.)
2. INVESTIGATION OF (X One)
3. STATUS (X as applicable)
INJURY
DISEASE
ILLNESS
DEATH
a. REGULAR OR EAD
4. TO (Major Army or Air Force Commander)
b. CALLED OR ORDERED TO AD FOR
(1) MORE THAN 30 DAYS
(2) 30 DAYS OR LESS
5. NAME OF INDIVIDUAL (Last, First, Middle Initial)
6. SSN (Army and Air Force Only) 7. GRADE
c. INACTIVE DUTY TRAINING (Type)
8. ORGANIZATION AND STATION
d. SHORT TOUR OF ACTIVE DUTY
FOR TRAINING
9. OTHER MILITARY PERONNEL INVOLVED IN THE SAME INCIDENT
e. DURATION (Applies ONLY to 3. & d)
c. LOD INVESTI-
GATION MADE (X)
a. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. GRADE
DATE
HOUR
(YYYYMMDD)
YES
NO
(1) START
(2) FINISH
10. BASIS FOR FINDINGS (As determined by investigation)
(1) HOUR
(2) DATE (YYYYMMDD)
(3) PLACE
a. CIRCUMSTANCES
(4) HOW SUSTAINED
b. MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS
c. PRESENT FOR
e. WAS INTENTIONAL MISCONDUCT OR
f. WAS INDIVIDUAL
d. IF ABSENT: (X)
DUTY? (X)
NEGLECT THE PROXIMATE CAUSE? (X)
MENTALLY SOUND? (X)
(Do not complete
10.e and 10.f in
WITH AUTHORITY
death cases.)
YES
NO
YES
NO
YES
NO
WITHOUT AUTHORITY
g. REMARKS
11. FINDINGS with (Army Only: FINDING- ILD (injury, illness or disease) ONLY; RECOMMENDATION- NLD and Death cases)
IN LINE OF DUTY
NOT IN LINE OF DUTY - NOT DUE TO OWN MISCONDUCT
NOT IN LINE OF DUTY - DUE TO OWN MISCONDUCT
12. INVESTIGATING OFFICER
a. TYPED NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. GRADE
c. BRANCH OF SERVICE
d. ORGANIZATION AND STATION
e. SIGNATURE
13. ACTION BY APPOINTING AUTHORITY
14. ACTION BY REVIEWING AUTHORITY
a. HEADQUARTERS
b. DATE (YYYYMMDD)
a. HEADQUARTERS
b. DATE (YYYYMMDD)
c. (X one. Indicate reasons and substituted findings on back.)
c. (X one. Indicate reasons and substituted findings on back.)
APPROVED
DISAPPROVED
APPROVED
DISAPPROVED
d. TYPED NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
d. TYPED NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
e. GRADE
f. BRANCH OF SERVICE
e. GRADE
f. BRANCH OF SERVICE
g. SIGNATURE
g. SIGNATURE
DD FORM 261, MARCH 2021
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PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
15. FINAL APPROVAL (Army only: Final Approval for ILD (injury, illness or disease) ONLY: Final Recommendation to AHRC for NLD- (injury, illness or disease)
and all Death cases).
16. APPOINTING AUTHORITY - REASONS AND SUBSTITUTED FINDINGS
17. REVIEWING AUTHORITY - REASONS AND SUBSTITUTED FINDINGS
18. APPROVING AUTHORITY - REASONS AND SUBSTITUTED FINDINGS
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
AUTHORITY: Title 10 U.S Code 1201, Retirement, Chapter 61, Retirement or Separation for Physical Disability; and Title 10 U.S. Code 1203, Separation, Chapter 61, Retirement or
Separation for Physical Disability; AR 600-8-4, Line of Duty, Policy, Procedures, and Investigations.
PURPOSE: To provide information regarding a Soldier’s line of duty investigation and/or misconduct status showing a Line of Duty (LOD) investigation determination. The document
contains information surrounding medical diagnosis, duty status of time of incident, mental soundness and recommended findings. This document is the sole source of tracking for levels
of command and approval/disapproval of LOD investigation. For additional information see the System of Records Notice A0600-8-1b AHRC, Line of Duty Investigations:
https://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DOD-wide-SORN-Article-View/Article/570057/a0600-8-1b-ahrc.aspx
ROUTINE USES: There is no specific routine uses anticipated for this form; however, it may be subject to a number of proper and necessary routine uses identified in the system of
records notice(s) specified in the purpose statement above.
DISCLOSURE: Voluntary, however, failure to provide the information will interfere with the proper adjudication of the Soldier’s case in the best interest of the Soldier and the United
States Army.
DD FORM 261 (BACK), MARCH 2021
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