DD Form 2788 Child Annuitant's School Certification
What Is DD Form 2788?
DD Form 2788, Child Annuitant's School Certification is a form used for determining if the child receiving annuitants from the Survival Benefit Plan or Reserve Component Survivor Benefit Plan is eligible to receive them after they turn eighteen. An annuity is a monthly payment received after the death of the participant of the program.
The latest version of the form - sometimes confused with the DA Form 2788-R, Technical Data Feeder Report (LRA) - was released by the Department of Defense (DoD) in November 2005 with all previous editions being obsolete. An up-to-date DD Form 2788 fillable version is available for digital filing and download below or can be found through the Executive Services Directorate website.
A DD 2788 will be sent to the annuitant in four months before their eighteenth birthday and before the end of each school semester. If the child does not attend school, accredited college or university their eligibility for annuity ends at their eighteenth birthday. If they do, they are eligible to receive payments until they turn twenty-two.
How to Fill Out DD Form 2788?
The form is made up of two pages with filing guidelines provided on the first page. DD Form 2788 instructions are as follows:
Section I - Identification Information - requires the full name and SSN of the service member whose child is receiving the annuity, as well as the name and SSN of that child. The name of a legal representative must also be included if the annuitant child is underage.
Section II - Student's Certification - is filled in by the annuitant. Boxes 6 and 7 require the date of birth and marital status. A positive answer in Box 7 needs to be accompanied by a copy of the marriage certificate.
The annuitant has to indicate whether they attend school full-time in Box 8. This will determine which of the boxes below will need to be filed.
Box 9 requires information about the school. This includes the name of the school, its address, and phone number.
Annuitants attending high school should indicate the expected date of completion in Box 10. Box 11 is reserved for those attending any institutions other than a high school.
Annuitant not attending school full-time or on semester break may skip directly to Box 12. Box 12 requires the name of the last school attended, along with its address and phone number.
Box 13 requires the date of graduating high school if the annuitant previously attended high school. If studying at any other institution, they have to provide the beginning and end dates of the semester or terms in Box 14.
Box 15 is mandatory and requires specifying if the child is going to attend school full-time during the next 150 days.
If the answer was negative, then the applicant has to skip Boxes 16 and 17 blanks and proceed to Boxes 18 and 19.
The second page of the form is filled in entirely by school officials. The completed form has to be returned to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, U.S. Military Annuitant Pay, 8899 E 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46249-1300.