DA Form 285-A, Technical Report of U.S. Army Ground Accident Index A is a form used for reporting Class A ground accidents in the U.S. Army. The report should be completed and submitted to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center (USACRC) within 90 days from the date of the incident.
The Department of the Army (DA) released the latest version of the form - sometimes confused with the DD Form 285, Appointment of Military Postal Clerk, Unit Mail Clerk or Mail Orderly - in February 2009 with all previous editions obsolete. An up-to-date DA Form 285-A fillable version is available for digital filing and download below or can be found on the Army Publishing Directorate (APD) website.
A Class A accident is an accident in which the resulting total cost of property damage is two billion U.S. dollars or more. Such accidents include the expensive equipment being destroyed, lost or abandoned or any injuries or occupational illness leading to the death or permanent disability of members of command.
Each Class A accident requires an accident folder. The DA Form 285-A is a necessary part of every accident folder along with the supporting forms and substantiating data for each copy of the report.