DA Form 1156 Casualty Feeder Card

What Is DA Form 1156?

DA Form 1156, Casualty Feeder Card is a document used to report a casualty and provide all the details necessary for an adequate understanding of the situation. This form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DD Form 1156 - was released by the Department of the Army (DA). The latest version of the document was issued in June 2017. Find the link to download the most recent DA Form 1156 fillable version below.

The timely casualty reporting is the main source of the information provided to the soldier's next of kin regarding the incident and as such must be accurate, prompt, and as detailed as possible. It is one of the key elements of the Army Casualty Program. The administrative function of the casualty operations, including accounting for, reporting, and documenting all peacetime and wartime casualties is performed by Casualty Assistance Centers (CACs). All the CACs are supervised by Casualty and Memorial Affairs Operations Center (CMAOC).

The Army casualty feeder card is used to report service members who have been wounded, killed in action, missing, captured, or not recovered. It often serves as the witness statement card. The information documented on this form helps to prepare field casualty reports, letters of sympathy, and award documents.

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*CASUALTY TYPE
CASUALTY FEEDER CARD
* Indicates required fields.
HOSTILE
PENDING
For use of this form, see AR 638-8 the proponent agency is DCS, G-1.
*PERSONNEL TYPE
NON-HOSTILE
MILITARY
CIVILIAN
*SSN
*RANK
CONTRACTOR
OTHER
*CASUALTY STATUS
*NAME
*INCIDENT DATE/TIME
NSI
DECEASED
SI
DUSTWUN
*SERVICE
UIC
*PLACE OF INCIDENT
VSI
PENDING
DUSTWUN/MISSING
*UNIT
GRID
LAST SEEN
(DATE/TIME/PLACE)
(hostile)
*INFLICTING FORCE
DEATH DATE/TIME
US
ENEMY
ALLY
(buddy)
UNK
IDENTIFYING MARKS
(tatoos, scars)
PLACE OF DEATH
YES
NO
REMAINS: VISUAL ID
ID BY:
PRONOUNCED BY
MEANS USED:
*CIRCUMSTANCES
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INTERCEPTOR BODY ARMOR (IBA)
HOSPITAL
BACK OF CARD
VEHICLE GROUP/TYPE
PASGT
OTV
STRYKER
HMMWV
NONE
OTHER
DIED IN
TRACK
APC
DIED OUTSIDE
ENG
LAV
ATTACHMENTS
INVESTIGATION INITIATED
GROIN
THROAT
PLS
YES
NO
PENDING
MTV
YOKE/COLLAR
DAP
ARTILLERY
SAPI
TRAINING DUTY RELATED
HELICOPTER
HELMET
YES
NO
OTHER
ACH
MICH
OTHER
UP-ARMORED
PASGT
CVC
NONE
D U T Y
STATUS
NO
YES
SHELL
NO SHELL
VISOR
LEVEL
EYE PROTECTION
WEAPONS
SWD
BLPS
SPECS
IED
VBIED
POSITION
(aboard)
SVBIED
RPG
MORTAR
OAKLEY
WILEY
ESS
OTHER
SAF
GRENADE
HOR
(if known)
NONE
OTHER
SIGNATURE OF PREPARER
DATE
(YYYYMMDD)
APPROVED BY COMMANDER
DATE
(Field Grade Officer-Required all Deaths/DUSTWUN/Missing)
(YYYYMMDD)
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DA FORM 1156, JUN 2015
*CASUALTY TYPE
CASUALTY FEEDER CARD
* Indicates required fields.
HOSTILE
PENDING
For use of this form, see AR 638-8 the proponent agency is DCS, G-1.
*PERSONNEL TYPE
NON-HOSTILE
MILITARY
CIVILIAN
*SSN
*RANK
CONTRACTOR
OTHER
*CASUALTY STATUS
*NAME
*INCIDENT DATE/TIME
NSI
DECEASED
SI
DUSTWUN
*SERVICE
UIC
*PLACE OF INCIDENT
VSI
PENDING
DUSTWUN/MISSING
*UNIT
GRID
LAST SEEN
(DATE/TIME/PLACE)
(hostile)
*INFLICTING FORCE
DEATH DATE/TIME
US
ENEMY
ALLY
(buddy)
UNK
IDENTIFYING MARKS
(tatoos, scars)
PLACE OF DEATH
YES
NO
REMAINS: VISUAL ID
ID BY:
PRONOUNCED BY
MEANS USED:
*CIRCUMSTANCES
DA FORM 1156, JUN 2015
APD LC v1.01
PREVIOUS EDITIONS ARE OBSOLETE.
INTERCEPTOR BODY ARMOR (IBA)
HOSPITAL
BACK OF CARD
VEHICLE GROUP/TYPE
PASGT
OTV
STRYKER
HMMWV
NONE
OTHER
DIED IN
TRACK
APC
DIED OUTSIDE
ENG
LAV
ATTACHMENTS
INVESTIGATION INITIATED
GROIN
THROAT
PLS
YES
NO
PENDING
MTV
YOKE/COLLAR
DAP
ARTILLERY
SAPI
TRAINING DUTY RELATED
HELICOPTER
HELMET
YES
NO
OTHER
ACH
MICH
OTHER
UP-ARMORED
PASGT
CVC
NONE
D U T Y
STATUS
NO
YES
SHELL
NO SHELL
VISOR
LEVEL
EYE PROTECTION
WEAPONS
SWD
BLPS
SPECS
IED
VBIED
POSITION
(aboard)
SVBIED
RPG
MORTAR
OAKLEY
WILEY
ESS
OTHER
SAF
GRENADE
HOR
(if known)
NONE
OTHER
SIGNATURE OF PREPARER
DATE
(YYYYMMDD)
APPROVED BY COMMANDER
DATE
(Field Grade Officer-Required all Deaths/DUSTWUN/Missing)
(YYYYMMDD)
APD LC v1.01
DA FORM 1156, JUN 2015

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DA Form 1156 Instructions

General DA 1156 instructions are as follows:

  1. The DA Form 1156 should be prepared right after a casualty occurs. If the battlefield situation does not allow to fill out the form immediately, complete it as soon as you can;
  2. The responsibility to prepare a casualty feeder card lies with the soldier's squad leader. In case when the squad leader does not have personal knowledge of the situation, the document is filled out by the person who does have firsthand knowledge;
  3. The completed forms should be submitted to the battalion level as soon as the battleground situation permits. A battalion commander ensures the correctness of the information provided, presence of all the required details, approves all missing, deceased, and Duty Status-Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) casualty reports, paying attention to detailed description of the situation, timeliness, and accuracy if the reported inflicting force (in case of hostile casualties);
  4. Each casualty feeder card must be forwarded to the appropriate adjutant (S-1) as soon as possible;
  5. The adjutant must check the received forms to ensure their completeness and accuracy and forward the casualty report to the appropriate level headquarters;
  6. It is a matter of utmost importance that the initial report should be received by CMAOC within 12 hours after the incident took place;
  7. Casualties occurred during field exercises are reported by a central casualty reporting agency established by the exercise director or designated representative. The agency prepares the DA 1156 and forwards them to the nearest CAC.

The detailed instructions and procedure descriptions are provided in Army Regulation 600-8-1, Army Casualty Program.

How to Fill out DA Form 1156?

It is a general requirement that each submitted DA 1156 Form includes as much information about the incident as possible. At the minimum, each casualty feeder card must include:

  • The identification information about the service member involved (name, rank, SSN, service, and unit);
  • Personnel type;
  • Time and place of the incident described;
  • Inflicting force;
  • Type and status of casualty;
  • Brief description of the situation.

All the required fields on the form are marked with asterisks. When reporting a DUSTWUN, missing, or captured personnel, include the date, time, and place where the service member was last seen. The card must include a description of the missing person: height, weight, age, eye color, scars, tattoos, and other identification marks. If the missing service member is reported deceased, the card indicates the person who identified the remains, the means of identification, the time and place of death, and the medical official who pronounced the service member dead. In case the form reports a missing, DUSTWUN, or deceased service member, it must be approved by the commander.