The appointing, reviewing, and final approving authorities may change a previous finding. When a finding is
changed, the reasons for that change will be shown on the back of DD Form 261, if there is not enough room on
If the same officer acts as reviewing authority and final approving authority, enter "SAME AS FINAL
APPROVING AUTHORITY" in the block title "Action by Reviewing Authority."
Accomplish notification actions required by paragraph 3-7.
For officer: HQDA(DAPC-PSR-R), Alexandria, VA 22332
For enlisted: Commander, U.S. Army Enlisted Records and Evaluation Center, Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN
46249 USAR Personnel: Commander, U.S. Army Reserve Components Personnel and Administration Center,
9700 Page Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63132.
ROTC cadets: In accordance with AR 145-1.
CID reports will not be included in the copy sent to the member.
If finding is NOT IN LINE OF DUTY, final approving authority must also take appeal action in paragraph 3-8.
An approved copy of LD investigation should be returned to the initiating MTF on all injuries on National
Guard and Reserve members of AD for 30 days or less, or IADT, when they are patients.
Table 3-2. Processing a formal investigation (concluded).
PROCESSING AN INFORMAL INVESTIGATION
a. The Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) Commander, patient administrator, or
physician must initiate DA Form 2173, (shown in figure 3-2) and complete Section I in five
copies. This section shows the nature and extent of the injury or disease; in the case of
death, it will show the presumptive medical cause of death. Within seven days after the
incident, this form must be initiated and all copies forwarded to the unit commander.
b. Within 14 days after the incident, the unit commander must complete Section II of
DA Form 2173 to show duty status at the time of the incident and to explain the
circumstances surrounding it. The unit commander must attach supporting documents and
forward the original and 3 copies to the Special Court Martial Authority (SPCM).
c. Within 21 days after the incident, the SPCM must review the DA Form 2173 for
(1) If the SPCM approves, the form is properly annotated and the original and
two copies are forwarded to the final approving authority (unless the SPCM is the final
(2) If the SPCM disapproves, it directs a formal investigation.
d. Within 28 days after the incident, the final approving authority must review the
investigation for completeness and must review the required documents.
(1) If the SPCM approves, the form must be annotated as described in c(1)