Casualty Notification Officer

Posted on 2009-10-08. Filed under: Uncategorized |

After I saw the  “The Messenger” movie trailer I wanted to know what exactly the “Casualty Notification Officer” stands for , as I had never come across this term before.

A quick search pointed me at  the casualty notification guide for the casualty notification officer (see the webarchive mirror).

As you can read there is a number of strict rules regarding this unenviable job, let me just highlight some of them (excerpts from the above mentioned document):

  • Make your visit as inconspicuous as possible without calling undue attention to the unusual presence of the military.
  • Convey one of the following scripts to the NOK (Next Of Kin) (without reading from script):
    • For death cases: ….script lines…..
    • For missing cases: ….script lines…..
    • For deaths resulting from friendly fire: ….script lines…..
    • For deaths – positive identification not complete: ….script lines…..
    • …..other cases of death……..
  • Do not extend overly sympathetic gestures that may be taken the wrong way.  Use good judgment by not passing gory or embarrassing details.
  • IMPORTANT! Do not physically touch the NOK in any manner unless there is shock or fainting. Summon medical assistance immediately, if necessary.

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