DD Form 93 Record of Emergency Data

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 Department of Defense-issued form 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.

What Is DD Form 93?

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.

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RECORD OF EMERGENCY DATA
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
AUTHORITY: 5 USC 552, 10 USC 655, 1475 to 1480 and 2771, 38 USC 1970, 44 USC 3101, and EO 9397 (SSN).
PRINCIPAL PURPOSES: This form is used by military personnel and Department of Defense civilian and contractor personnel, collectively referred to
as civilians, when applicable. For military personnel, it is used to designate beneficiaries for certain benefits in the event of the Service member's
death. It is also a guide for disposition of that member's pay and allowances if captured, missing or interned. It also shows names and addresses of
the person(s) the Service member desires to be notified in case of emergency or death. For civilian personnel, it is used to expedite the notification
process in the event of an emergency and/or the death of the member. The purpose of soliciting the SSN is to provide positive identification. All items
may not be applicable.
ROUTINE USES: None.
DISCLOSURE: Voluntary; however, failure to provide accurate personal identifier information and other solicited information will delay notification and
the processing of benefits to designated beneficiaries if applicable.
INSTRUCTIONS TO SERVICE MEMBER
INSTRUCTIONS TO CIVILIANS
This extremely important form is to be used by you to show the names and
This extremely important form is to be used by you to show the
addresses of your spouse, children, parents, and any other person(s) you
names and addresses of your spouse, children, parents, and any
would like notified if you become a casualty (other family members or fiance),
other person(s) you would like notified if you become a casualty.
and, to designate beneficiaries for certain benefits if you die. IT IS YOUR
Not every item on this form is applicable to you. This form is used
RESPONSIBILITY to keep your Record of Emergency Data up to date to show
by the Department of Defense (DoD) to expedite notification in
your desires as to beneficiaries to receive certain death payments, and to
the case of emergencies or death. It does not have a legal impact
show changes in your family or other personnel listed, for example, as a result
on other forms you may have completed with the DoD or your
of marriage, civil court action, death, or address change.
employer.
IMPORTANT: This form is divided into two sections: Section 1 - Emergency Contact Information and Section 2 - Benefits Related
Information. READ THE INSTRUCTIONS ON PAGES 3 AND 4 BEFORE COMPLETING THIS FORM.
SECTION 1 - EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION
1. NAME
2. SSN
(Last, First, Middle Initial)
3a. SERVICE/CIVILIAN CATEGORY
b. REPORTING UNIT CODE/DUTY STATION
MARINE CORPS
AIR FORCE
ARMY
NAVY
DoD
CIVILIAN
CONTRACTOR
4a. SPOUSE NAME
(If applicable) (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. ADDRESS (Include ZIP Code) AND TELEPHONE NUMBER
SINGLE
DIVORCED
WIDOWED
5. CHILDREN
c. DATE OF BIRTH
b. RELATIONSHIP
d. ADDRESS (Include ZIP Code) AND TELEPHONE NUMBER
a. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
(YYYYMMDD)
6a. FATHER NAME
(Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. ADDRESS (Include ZIP Code) AND TELEPHONE NUMBER
7a. MOTHER NAME
(Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. ADDRESS (Include ZIP Code) AND TELEPHONE NUMBER
8a. DO NOT NOTIFY DUE TO ILL HEALTH
b. NOTIFY INSTEAD
9a. DESIGNATED PERSON(S)
(Military only)
b. ADDRESS (Include ZIP Code) AND TELEPHONE NUMBER
10. CONTRACTING AGENCY AND TELEPHONE NUMBER
(Contractors only)
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
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DD FORM 93, JAN 2008

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DD Form 93 Instructions

  1. All individuals filing must start by compiling their emergency contact information. Boxes 1 through 3 are for entering personal contact information: name, SSN, type of service or civilian category.
  2. Box 4 is for stating marital status and entering the name of the soldier’s spouse if there are any. There is also an option of including a former spouse in the form. Box 5 is for listing children and their contact information. Boxes 6 and 7 are for providing the names, addresses and phone numbers of the father and mother of the individual filing the form.
  3. Box 8 is for listing the people that should not be notified in case of severe injury or death you and suggesting a substitution. Box 9 is for military only and identifies the designated military member. Box 10 provides the contracting agency - all non-contractors must leave the box blank.
  4. The rest of the boxes are for military members only: civilians finalize the form by signing off the DD 93 in the appropriate box.
  5. State all the beneficiaries in Boxes 11, 12 and 13 along with their names, addresses and telephone numbers. These beneficiaries will be entitled to death gratuity - the percentage of all the benefits each person gets must also be included.

A copy of the DD 93 must be kept and added to a soldier's private paperwork file.

Where Can I Find My Dd Form 93?

You can get a copy of the DD Form 93 on the DoD website or by clicking the download link above.

How Do I Update My Dd Form 93?

Download and file the 2008 version of form DD 93. Soldiers and civilians should then visit their unit S1 and update their DD Form 93 after they discussing it with any relatives or benefactors. An S1 is the staff member in charge of handling personnel actions.

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