(1) Services. The Army interment allowance includes the usual and
customary services and items of interment such as hearse services, church services,
clergyman's fees, obituary notices, flowers, the services of a funeral director, and
opening and closing the grave.
(2) Equipment. The allowance also includes a vault and the use of cemetery
equipment as well as the use of a limousine for the immediate family.
j. Grave Marker. A Government headstone or marker is authorized for
deceased military members.
(1) Description. An upright slab of marble inscribed with the record of the
decedent may be erected at the head of the grave or a flat marker/slab of marble,
granite, or bronze inscribed with the record of the decedent may be placed at the head
of the grave.
(2) Cost. The marker or headstone is paid for by the government.
(a) Civilian cemetery. The cost of transporting and erecting the marker
or headstone is borne by the applicant.
(b) Military cemetery. The entire cost is borne by the Government when
the marker or headstone is placed in a military cemetery.
MORTUARY BENEFITS FOR OTHER CATEGORIES OF PERSONNEL
a. Certain other categories of personnel are authorized mortuary services at
government expense. These categories are Army civilian employees in travel status or
whose home or residence is in a foreign country and die while performing official duties
away from their homeland or in transit thereto or therefrom; enemy prisoners; and some
indigent persons. Table 6-1 contains the authorized items and expenses for persons
other than active duty military.
b. Mortuary services on a reimbursable basis are authorized for dependents
who die overseas and for Department of the Army civilian dependents who die
The Army casualty system applies to those personnel for whom the Army has
assumed responsibility. The casualty report is the basis for providing information to
next of kin about a casualty incident. The report should be complete, accurate, and
timely. There are a number of casualty reports; this subcourse will address only
two--reporting a person as dead or as SI/VSI. AR 600-10 establishes the policies and
outlines the responsibilities for casualty reporting in the Army Casualty System.