DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data is one of the most crucial pieces of paperwork used within the United States Army. The DD 93 is a living will of sorts and is used to keep a record of any wishes a soldier may have in cases when they cannot communicate their needs because of a lethal injury, temporary disability or death.
The form is issued by the Department of Defense (DoD) and serves as the advocating voice for the Soldier in cases when they cannot speak for themselves. The form - sometimes mistakenly referred to as the DA Form 93 - was last revised in January 2008. An up-to-date fillable DD Form 93 is available for digital filing or download below.
The DD Form 93 is used to provide information about the soldier's emergency contacts, marital status, living beneficiaries and basic data on benefits paid to eligible survivors. Those filing are required to voice all of their concerns and wishes in an open and accurate manner in order for those demands to be heard and be satisfied.
A record of emergency data is to be updated and reviewed annually or otherwise in case of any important life-changing events like a marriage or divorce. This procedure is not obligatory and is the soldier's own responsibility.
A new DD Form 93 was issued within the framework of the National Defense Authorization Act for FY12, which states that military members can designate any person for death gratuity, remains and other benefits entitlement disregarding any kind of relationship between the soldier and the person. However, relatives must still be notified of this decision.
In case of any dispute between the person receiving benefits and the state law, the preferences are always on the side of the law.