DA Form 285-B – Army Pubs DA 285-B Fillable – Technical Report of U.S. Army Ground Accident Index B, is a form that is used by the United States Army to report ground accidents of the Class B kind. To be valid, the full report must be submitted to the United States Army Combat Readiness Center (USA CRC) within 90 days after the date of the accident. A Class B accident must fulfill the following requirements to be classified as such:
- The overall cost of property damage as a consequence was more than 500 thousand dollars but less than two billion dollars.
- A person who was involved in the accident had a lifelong partial impairment as a consequence of the event.
- In one instance, three or more people were admitted to the hospital as in-patients as a consequence of a single occurrence.
- On February 1, 2009, the United States Department of the Army (DA) issued the most recent version of the form, which is frequently referred to as DD Form 285, Appointment of Military Postal Clerk, Unit Mail Clerk, or Mail Orderly, among other names. A fillable version of the most recent DA Form 285-B is available for digital filing and download at the link provided below.
The DA Form 285-B: How Do I Fill It Out?
The DA Form 285-B is an essential component of an accident folder containing information on a Class B accident. Accordion-style accident folders are used for each Class A and Class B accident to include the forms and supporting documentation that is submitted with the main reports. Procedural rules and further information may be found in DA Pamphlet 385-40, which is available for download. The following are the instructions for DA Form 285-B:
- When the accident occurred, the date should be included in Block 1.
- Block 2 contains a table that lists all of the supporting papers that were associated with the accident and were submitted to the report. An X should be put in the relevant column to indicate whether the data is “Enclosed,” “Not Applicable,” or “Requires comments.” An X should also be placed in the appropriate column to indicate if the data is “Not Applicable.”
- Block 3 is reserved for concluding comments. These must contain any information on any of the unavailable supporting documents indicated in Block 2 that is delayed or unavailable, regardless of when they became unavailable. When dealing with delayed data, it is necessary to provide a projected forwarding date. If the information is not accessible, the notes must describe the cause for the lack of availability.
- A complete list of all members of the Accident Review Board is required in Block 4, including their names, signatures, grades, branches of service, unit addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers.