Department of the Army Pamphlet 385-40


Army Accident Investigations and Reporting

6 March 2009

Rapid Action Revision (RAR) issue date: 25 February 2010


PIN: 072437000

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History: This publication is a rapid action revision (RAR). This RAR is effective 25 March 2010. The portions affected by this RAR are listed in the summary of change.

Summary: This is Department of the Army pamphlet is published in support of the consolidated AR 385-10 and it encompasses Army accident investigations and reporting procedures, to include aviation, ground, explosives, chemical, nuclear, radiation, biological, civilian, and maritime.

Applicability: This pamphlet applies to the Active Army, the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve, unless otherwise stated. Also, it applies to Department of Army civilian employees, all Department of Defense personnel and foreign military with and under Army operational control as well as contract personnel as prescribed in AR 385-10.

Proponent and Exception Authority: The proponent of this pamphlet is the Chief of Staff, Army. The proponent has the authority to approve exceptions or waivers to this pamphlet that are consistent with controlling law and regulations. The proponent may delegate this approval authority, in writing, to a division chief within the proponent agency or its direct reporting unit or field operating agency, in the grade of colonel or the civilian equivalent. Activities may request a waiver to this pamphlet by providing justification that includes a full analysis of the expected benefits and must include formal review by the activity's senior legal officer. All waiver requests will be endorsed by the commander or senior leader of the requesting activity and forwarded through their higher headquarters to the policy proponent. Refer to AR 25-30 for specific guidance.

Suggested Improvements: Users are invited to send comments and suggested improvements on DA Form 2028 (Recommended Changes to Publications and Blank Forms) directly to Director, Army Safety (DACS-SF), 223 23d Street, room 980, Arlington, VA 22202

Distribution: This publication is available in electronic media only and is intended for command levels C, D, and E for the Active Army, the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, and the U.S. Army Reserve.

This pamphlet supersedes DA Pam 385-40, dated 1 November 1994. This edition publishes a rapid action revision of DA Pam 385-40.

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