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Understanding the Record of Emergency Data Form


The Record of Emergency Data, the Department of Defense DD Form 93, is used to show the names and addresses of family members who service members wish to be notified in the event they become a casualty.  It is also used to designate beneficiaries for certain benefits and designate the person authorized to direct disposition of remains in the event of the service member's death.

Overview of the Record of Emergency Data

When completed, the Record of Emergency Data for military personnel is an official record of the beneficiaries designated to receive death gratuity and pay allowances. For civilian personnel, the purpose of the form is emergency notification only in the event the civilian becomes a casualty. For both military and civilian personnel, it contains the names and addresses of the persons to be notified in the event of sickness, injury or death.

Who needs to complete the Record of Emergency Data?

A completed Record of Emergency Data is mandatory for the following groups:

  • All applicants, officer and enlisted, accessing in the armed forces
  • All active, National Guard and reserve component personnel
  • All Department of Defense civilians prior to admission to a possible theater of operations or deployment with the armed forces
  • All civilian contractors prior to admission to a possible theater of operations or deployment with the armed forces
  • All DoD civilian employees based outside the continental United States
  • All other civilians accompanying military units in the field or on deployment (for example, embedded media)
  • All non-deploying DoD civilian employees based in the continental United States

How often does the Record of Emergency Data need to be updated?

Generally, you are responsible for verifying the information contained on the Record of Emergency Data annually. There are some other instances where you will be required to verify the information, regardless of when you last updated it. These include:

  • During the initial enlistment or employment review
  • Upon reporting to a new duty station
  • When ordered to periods of temporary duty in excess of 30 days
  • Prior to all deployments, regardless of length
  • Prior to departure on permanent change of station orders

Why is it important to keep your Record of Emergency Data current?

Updating the Record of Emergency Data is important because when completed, it becomes an official and legal document that provides the military your wishes should you be in a missing status, injured or deceased. Specifically, the Record of Emergency Data:

  • Provides the names and addresses of the persons to be notified in case of an emergency, sickness or death
  • Is a guide for the disposition of your pay and allowances if captured, missing or deceased
  • Serves as the official record of the beneficiaries designated to receive death gratuity
  • Designates the person authorized to direct disposition of remains, often referred to as "the PADD"
  • Designates a non-medical attendant in the event of an injury
  • Provides other pertinent information to assist the service casualty office in notifying your next of kin in the event you become a casualty

Where do I go to update my Record of Emergency Data?

To update your Record of Emergency Data, visit or call the administrative office on your installation.


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