DA Form 285-o Technical Report of U.S. Army Gound Accident - Statement of Reviewing Officials

What Is DA Form 285-O?

DA Form 285-O, Technical Report of U.S. Army Ground Accident Statement of Reviewing Officials is a form used by the reviewing and approving officials to record their review and provide commentary about reported accidents on U.S. Army grounds.

The form - sometimes confused with DD Form 285, Appointment of Military Postal Clerk, Unit Mail Clerk or Mail Orderly - was released by the Department of the Army (DA) in February 2009 with all previous editions obsolete. An up-to-date DA Form 285-O fillable version is available for digital filing and download below or can be found through the Army Publishing Directorate website.

The completed DA 285-O is submitted with a copy of the related technical report and forwarded through the chain of command to the Army Headquarters Reviewing Authority and then to the U.S. Army Combat Readiness/Safety Center (USACRC).

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TECHNICAL REPORT OF U.S. ARMY GROUND ACCIDENT
REQUIREMENTS CONTROL SYMBOL
STATEMENT OF REVIEWING OFFICIALS
CSOCS-308
For use of this form, see DA Pamphlet 385-40; the proponent agency is OCSA.
1. INITIAL REVIEW (Include Name, Rank, Title and Organization. Use additional sheet if required.)
Signature
2. ARMY HEADQUARTERS REVIEWING AUTHORITY COMMENTS
Signature
3. DEPARTMENT OF ARMY REVIEW (USACRC)
Signature
4. DATE OF ACCIDENT (YYYYMMDD)
DA FORM 285-O, FEB 2009
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
APD AEM v1.01ES
TECHNICAL REPORT OF U.S. ARMY GROUND ACCIDENT
REQUIREMENTS CONTROL SYMBOL
STATEMENT OF REVIEWING OFFICIALS
CSOCS-308
For use of this form, see DA Pamphlet 385-40; the proponent agency is OCSA.
1. INITIAL REVIEW (Include Name, Rank, Title and Organization. Use additional sheet if required.)
Signature
2. ARMY HEADQUARTERS REVIEWING AUTHORITY COMMENTS
Signature
3. DEPARTMENT OF ARMY REVIEW (USACRC)
Signature
4. DATE OF ACCIDENT (YYYYMMDD)
DA FORM 285-O, FEB 2009
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
APD AEM v1.01ES

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How to Fill out DA Form 285-O?

Procedural guidelines and additional information can be found in the DA PAM 385-40 (Army Accident Investigations and Reporting), released in March 2015. DD Form 285-О instructions are as follows:

Section 1 - Initial Review - requires the reviewing official to provide their name, rank, title, and organization before stating their concurrence or non-concurrence with the findings and recommendations provided in the report. Any non-concurrences should be fully explained.

Section 2 - Army Headquarters Reviewing Authority Comments - is completed by the Army Headquarters Reviewing Authority and should include a list of actions taken along with any additional recommendations for preventing further accidents. If the provided space is not enough, officials are allowed to use a letter-size sheet of paper for additional information and attach it to the form.

The Army Headquarters Reviewing Authority or their designated representatives will provide their written concurrence or non-concurrence with the report made by the accident investigation board. This section should include any reasons for non-concurrence and the proposed actions.

The Reviewing Authority will take note of the recommendations done by the accident investigation board or subordinate reviewing officials.

Section 3 - Department of Army Review - is reserved for the comments made by the USACRC. The USACRC will follow up on the previously given recommendations and ensure that an appropriate DA-level action is taken.

Section 4 - Date of the Accident - requires the reviewing official to specify the date when the accident occured.

DA 285-B Related Forms

  1. DA Form 285, Technical Report of U.S. Army Ground Accident is a form used for reporting U.S. Army ground accidents of any class.
  2. DA Form 285-A, Technical Report of U.S. Army Ground Accident Index A is a form used for reporting Class A accidents that happen on Army grounds.
  3. DA Form 285-AB, U.S. Army Abbreviated Ground Accident Report (AGAR) is a report used for Class C to Class E ground accidents.
  4. DA Form 285-B, Technical Report of U.S. Army Ground Accident Index B is a form used for making reports of Class B ground accidents.
  5. DA Form 285-W, Technical Report of U.S. Army Ground Accident Summary of Witness Interview is a form used to record interviews with the witnesses of accidents.