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DOD D 5410.1

2009 Edition, June 2, 2009

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Release of Information Concerning Accidents Involving Military Personnel or Equipment or Concerning Senior Personnel

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This Instruction:

Reissues DoD Directive (DoDD) 5410.1 (Reference (a)) as a DoD Instruction (DoDI) in accordance with the authority in DoDD 5122.05 (Reference (b)) and establishes uniform policy for the release of information concerning military personnel involved in accidents as well as approval authority for release of casualty information concerning senior U.S. and foreign government personnel when the Department of Defense is the responsible Executive Branch Department.

Incorporates and cancels DoDD 5410.14 (Reference (c)).


This Instruction applies to OSD, the Military Departments, the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands, the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, the Defense Agencies, the DoD Field Activities, and all other organizational entities within the Department of Defense (hereafter referred to collectively as the "DoD Components").

The provisions of this Instruction cover military accidents occurring inside and outside the United States, its territories, or its possessions.

For military accidents occurring outside the United States, its territories, or its possessions, additional guidance is set forth in applicable treaties, intergovernmental agreements, and laws of other nations. Additional coordination with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate is required to ensure proper notification to the host government.

The provisions of this Instruction do not cover military accidents involving nuclear weapons, guidance for which is set forth in DoDD 5230.16 (Reference (d)).

For release of information on DoD civilians not indicated in this Instruction, refer to guidance set forth in DoDI 1300.18 (Reference (e)).