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DNA Identification Laboratory

The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory provides worldwide scientific consultation, research and education services in the field of forensic DNA analysis is the only DoD Human Remains DNA testing laboratory, and is a key partner in helping identify the remains of service members from both current and past conflicts. 

Family Outreach Program

Since 1992, the DoD and the military Services have been actively collecting maternal family reference specimens from family members of military personnel whose remains have not been recovered or identified from Southeast Asia, Cold War incidents, Korea and World War II. The individual military Service Casualty Offices continue to seek family members to update their databases.

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AFMES DoD DNA Operations Fact Sheet 2018

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8/22/2018

This Fact Sheet describes the purpose of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System's Department of Defense DNA Operations

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AFMES DNA FAQs 2018

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6/27/2018

This Fact Sheet describes the purpose of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System's Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory.

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DPAA accounts for 183 missing service members in fiscal year 2017

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10/27/2017
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency conducts a ceremony for POW/MIA Recognition Day at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, Sept. 15, 2017. POW/MIA Recognition Day, first established in 1979 through a proclamation from President Jimmy Carter, is an observance to honor and recognize the sacrifices of those Americans who have been prisoners of war and to remind the Nation of those who are still missing in action. Today, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is conducting worldwide operations to provide the fullest possible accounting for those classified as still missing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Bruch)

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Family Reference Collection Form

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6/22/2016

This form is used to establish a DNA reference specimen repository and database of information from kindred family members of unaccounted for/unidentified service members or other individuals needing to be identified. DNA will be extracted from a biological specimen or personal effect and used in identifying human remains.

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Armed Forces DNA Identifcation Laboratory Casework Request

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4/10/2015

Use this form to obtain information/specimens needed to evaluate and document forensic DNA testing requests.

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Forensic DNA Specimen Analysis Request

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5/19/2014

Used to obtain information/specimens needed to evaluate and document forensic DNA testing.

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Request for Mitochondrial DNA Sequence Report

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2/1/2012

Use this form to request a copy of your mitochondrial DNA type to help recover family member remains.

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