INSTRUCTIONS FOR PREPARING DD FORM 93
(See appropriate Service Directives for supplemental instructions for completion of this form at other than MEPS)
All entries explained below are for electronic or typewriter com-
pletion, except those specifically noted. If computer or typewriter is
not available, print in black or blue-black ink insuring a legible image
on all copies. Include "Jr.," "Sr.," "III" or similar designation for
each name, if applicable. When an address is entered, include the
appropriate ZIP code. If the member cannot provide a current
address, indicate "unknown" in the appropriate item. Addresses
shown as P.O. Box Numbers or RFD numbers should indicate in Item
13, "Continuations", a street address or general guidance to reach
the place of residence. In addition, the notation "See Item 13"
should be included in the item pertaining to the particular next of kin.
If the address for the person in the item has been shown in a
preceding item, it is unnecessary to repeat the address; however,
the name must be entered. When the space for a particular item is
insufficient, insert "See #13" and continue the information in Item
13. Also see preparation instructions for Item 13.
ITEM 1. Member's full last name, first name, middle name.
ITEM 2a. Member's social security number (SSN).
ITEM 2b. Member's initials in ink, verifying SSN accuracy.
ITEM 3a. Service. Use standard one-letter Service code (A - Army,
F - Air Force, N - Navy, M - Marine Corps).
ITEM 3b. Reporting Unit Code/Duty Station. Army/Air Force/Navy -
see Service Directives. Marine Corps - MEPS enters Monitored
Command Code (MCC) to which the member will be assigned.
ITEM 4. First name, middle initial, maiden name (if applicable), and
address of spouse. If member is single, divorced, or widowed, so
ITEM 5. First name, middle initial, last name (only if different from
member's), relationship to member, and date of birth of all children.
If none, so state. Include illegitimate children if acknowledged by
member or paternity/maternity has been judicially decreed. Indicate
relationship, for example: 03 - son, 04 - daughter, 13 - stepson,
14 - stepdaughter, 33 - adopted daughter, 34 - adopted son.
Sample entries: Mary A./04/19650704; Donald E. Jones/13/
19630102. For children not living with the member's current
spouse, include address and name and relationship of person with
ITEM 6. First name, middle initial, last name, and address of father.
If unknown or deceased, so state. Include civilian title or military
grade if applicable. If other than natural father is listed, indicate
ITEM 7. First name, middle initial, last name, and address of mother.
If unknown or deceased, so state. Include civilian title or military
grade if applicable. If other than natural mother is listed, indicate
ITEM 8. Persons not to be notified due to ill health.
a. List relationship, e.g., "Mother," of person(s) listed in Items 4, 5,
6, or 7 who are not to be notified of a casualty due to ill health. If
more than one child, specify, e.g., "daughter Susan."
b. List relationship, e.g., "Father" or name and address of person(s)
to be notified in lieu of person(s) listed in item 8a.
ITEM 9a. Enter first name(s), middle initial, last name(s) and
relationship of person to receive the 6 months' gratuity pay if there
is no surviving spouse or child at the time of death. Only parents
(including a person in loco parentis status) and brothers and sisters
(including those of half-blood and those through adoption) may be
designated. Loco Parentis means any person(s) who acted in place
of the member's parent(s) for a period of not less than one year at
any time before the member entered on active duty. If brothers or
sisters are designated, show date of birth (YYYYMMDD). Enter
"None" if the member has no eligible beneficiary. No benefit can be
paid in that instance (10 USC 1477). Also enter "None" if the
member does not wish to designate a beneficiary. Payment is then
made in the order of precedence established by law. The member
should make specific designations, as it expedites payment.
DD FORM 93 (BACK), AUG 1998
ITEM 9b. Enter beneficiary(ies) full mailing address to include the
ITEM 9c. Show the percentage to be paid to each person if two or
more beneficiaries are designated. The sum shares must equal 100
percent. If no percent is indicated and more than one person is
named, the money is paid in equal shares to the persons named.
ITEM 10a. Enter first name(s), middle initial, last name(s) and
relationship of person to receive unpaid pay and allowances at the
time of death. The member may indicate anyone to receive this
payment. If the member designated two or more beneficiaries, state
the percentage to be paid each in item 10c. If the member does not
wish to designate a beneficiary, enter "None." The member is urged
to designate a beneficiary for unpaid pay and allowances as payment
will be made to the person in order of precedence by law (10 USC
2271) in the absence of a designation.
ITEM 10b. Enter beneficiary(ies) full mailing address to include the
ITEM 10c. If the member designated two or more beneficiaries,
state the percentage to be paid each in this section. The sum shares
must equal 100 percent.
ITEM 11. First name, middle initial, last name, relationship, and
address of dependent(s) the member designates to receive an
allotment of pay if missing, captured, or interned. This allotment
may be initiated by the Service Secretary or his designee in the
event the member enters a missing status. This item may be left
blank. If member designates two or more allottees, state the
percentage to be paid to each. The sum shares need not equal 100
percent, but may not exceed 100 percent. NOTE: Designations
made in Item 11 are used as a guide by the Service Secretary or
designee in establishing, changing, or discontinuing an allotment in
the interest of the member (37 USC 551-558). The final decision
rests with the Service Secretary or designee.
ITEM 12. Insurance information.
a. Serviceman's Group Life Insurance (SGLI). Not applicable for
Marine Corps and Air Force members. NOTE: Completion of this
item does not constitute a SGLI election or designation or
beneficiary(ies). Indicate, by entering an "X" in the appropriate
block, the member's SGLI election (as stated in VA Form 29-8286).
For Navy members, on the next line, enter, as appropriate, either:
"Bene Desig filed (YYYYMMDD)," or "Bene Desig not filed."
b. Insurance companies/policy numbers. Enter full name of all
commercial life insurance companies to be notified in case of death.
Enter policy number if member desires; this expedites settlement of
ITEM 13. Continuations/remarks. Use this item for remarks or
continuation of other items, if necessary. Prefix entry with the
number of the item being continued; for example, 5/John J./03/
19451220/321 Pecan Drive, Schertz TX 78151. Also use this item
to list name, address, and relationship of other persons the member
desires to be notified. Other dependents may also be listed.
ITEM 14. Member's signature. Have the member check and verify
all entries and sign all copies in ink as follows: First name, middle
initial, last name. Include rank, rate, or grade.
ITEM 15. Signature of witness. Have a witness (disinterested
person) sign all copies in ink as follows: First name, middle initial,
last name. Include rank, rate, or grade.
ITEM 16. Date the member signs the form. This item is an ink entry
and must be completed by the member on four copies.