The DD Form 2860 or the Application for Combat-Related Special Compensation is a form used by the military retirees to claim Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) through the appropriate branch of the U.S. Army. The claim is reviewed to determine eligibility for benefits, and to define the amount and effective dates of payment.
This DD 2860 is alternatively called the VA Form DD 2860 or the CRSC DD Form 2860 for short. The July 2011 edition issued by the Department of Defence (DoD) is effective and in use to this day.
A fillable DD 2860 form - often incorrectly referred to as the DA Form 2860 - is available for download below.
Combat-Related Special Compensation is a form of benefits provided to retirees whose retired pay was offset because of them receiving Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation for combat-related disabilities.
The CRSC program launched on May 31, 2003, and the qualifying criteria for eligible members were expanded on January 1, 2004, and again, on January 1, 2008. CRSC Payments are retroactive for members who meet previously existing qualifying criteria. To be eligible during any time period, a member must have disabilities that are determined by the parent branch of Military Service to be the direct result of armed conflict, especially dangerous military duty, training exercises that simulate war or caused by war-related events.
These disabilities must be compensated by the VA and result in an offset to the retirees' military pay.
To apply for CRSC you must download a copy of DD Form 2860, fill in all sections of the form and submit your application through your parent military service branch. Each service branch has the authority to determine your eligibility. This authorized personnel is tasked with determining whether or not your disability can be considered combat-related or not.