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Application Process for Dependency Determination

Issue Number 516
Status Completed
Issue Title Application Process for Dependency Determination
Scope The application process for dependency determination, whether for adoption or for extended family members, is cumbersome and unresponsive to the needs of soldiers. Due to the multiple forms and supporting documentation required, it can be a frustrating and confusing endeavor. There is a lack of guidance on submission procedures and no visible tracking of the application process. As a result soldiers are often left in limbo, reducing their ability to devote full attention to the job of soldiering.
Issue Recommendation Streamline dependency determination application process. Provide clear guidance and instructions on submission procedures. Notify soldier electronically of receipt of documents and provide timely feedback on application deficiencies and final disposition.
Military Component Active Component
Demographic Group Family Members, Soldiers
Subject Area Family Support
Geographic Area Universal
Entered AFAP Nov 2002
Final Action Date Jun 2006
Accomplishments In Sep 05, DFAS published a full explanation of the determination process. The Secondary Dependency Determination Procedure Guide outlines the responsibilities of the Soldier or activity (i.e. local finance office, DFAS, JAG, etc.). The guide includes forms necessary for the different secondary dependency categories and outlines which forms must accompany the claim for completion of the determination process. This information is on the myPay website. DFAS has a 24 hour notification process back to the servicing finance office of forms received and actions taken. The servicing finance office notifies the service member.
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