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23-696_Mortuary Affairs How-To Guide

This document serves as a basic mortuary affairs (MA) command and staff guide for units within a theater of operations. Department of Defense Directive (DODD) 1300.22, Mortuary Affairs Policy, 2 September 2021, and Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 1300.29, Mortuary Affairs Program, 28 June 2021, identify our nation’s commitment to return our fallen Servicemembers to their next of kin (NOK) for final disposition. This commitment requires commands to provide dignified, reverent, and respectful handling of all human remains. The expedient and proper recovery and evacuation of the fallen is the first step in honoring our dead and assisting the family.

Commands must ensure completion of the MA mission in accordance with (IAW) joint and Army doctrine, using available personnel and equipment. Leaders must also be aware of the types of problems they may face in performing the MA mission. Commanders and staff planners should use the information in this guide for MA recovery and evacuation procedures. For additional detailed information, refer to Army Techniques Publication (ATP) 4-46, Multi-Service Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Mortuary Affairs in Theaters of Operations, 3 August 2022.

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