ARCHIVED - QR&O: Volume I - Chapter 24 Casualties and Funerals (Historical Version: 15 June 2012 to 31 May 2014)
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- 15 June 2012 Replaced Article: 24.02
- 15 June 2012 Amended Articles: 24.15, 24.17
- 15 June 2012 Amended Paragraphs: 24.19(1)(2)
The Volume I Chapter 24: Casualties and Funerals replaces this content.
Section 1 - Casualties
24.01 - REPORTING OF CASUALTIES
Casualties shall be reported in accordance with orders issued by the Chief of the Defence Staff.
24.02 - PUBLIC STATEMENT REGARDING CASUALTIES
(1) A commanding officer of a base, unit or element at which a serious accident occurs or to whom a serious accident is reported may issue a brief conservative public statement but shall ensure that the accident is not exaggerated in any way.
(2) The commanding officer may disclose the name of an officer or non-commissioned member involved in the accident if the commanding officer has received a confirmation that the adult primary next of kin who can be contacted within 24 hours has been informed.
(M) [15 June 2012]
(24.03 TO 24.14 INCLUSIVE: NOT ALLOCATED)
Section 2 - Funerals
24.15 - ENTITLEMENT TO MILITARY FUNERALS
Where the adult primary next of kin so desires, a military funeral:
- shall, when practical, be accorded to
- a deceased member of the Regular Force,
- a deceased member of the Special Force,
- a member of the Reserve Force who dies on service, and
- a deceased holder of the Victoria Cross; and
- may, with the prior approval of the Chief of the Defence Staff or such officer as he may designate, be accorded to
- a deceased member of the Reserve Force other than a member described in subparagraph (a), and
- a deceased former member.
(M) [15 June 2012 – portion before (a)]
24.16 - PARTICIPATION IN MILITARY FUNERALS
Where the exigencies of the service permit, the Chief of the Defence Staff or, subject to such limitations as he may prescribe, an officer designated by him may authorize service participation in a military funeral other than that prescribed in article 24.15 (Entitlement to Military Funerals).
24.17 - PLACE OF INTERMENT
(1) Where an officer or non-commissioned member dies in Canada or in the United States, interment shall be:
- at any place in Canada or in the United States designated by the adult primary next of kin; or
- at a place designated by the Chief of the Defence Staff where
- direction cannot be obtained from the adult primary next of kin, or
- the circumstances surrounding the death prohibit the removal of the remains.
(2) When an officer or non-commissioned member dies while outside Canada and the United States of America, the remains shall, at the request of the adult primary next of kin, be transported to Canada or the United States of America at public expense under CBI 210.22 (Special Funeral Expenses) unless the circumstances of the death prevent the removal of the remains.
(3) Where the adult primary next of kin does not request the return of the remains to Canada, interment shall be in a place outside Canada and the United States designated by the Chief of the Defence Staff.
(4) The remains of an officer or non-commissioned member interred in a place outside Canada and the United States shall not be brought to Canada or the United States either at public expense or at private expense.
(M) [1 September 2001 – (2); 15 June 2012 – (1)(a) and (b)(i), (2) and (3)]
24.18 - TRANSPORTATION OF DECEASED
Where an officer or non-commissioned member is to be interred at a place other than that where the member's death occurred, an officer or non-commissioned member, where practical of a rank not lower than that of the deceased, shall accompany the remains to the place of interment.
24.19 - DEATH OF DEPENDANTS ABROAD
(1) If a dependant dies while accompanying an officer or non-commissioned member serving outside Canada and the United States of America, the remains shall, at the request of the officer or non-commissioned member, be transported to Canada at public expense under CBI 209.9922 (Transportation of a Deceased Dependant or an Officer or Non-commissioned Member Whose Dependant Has Died or a Dependant of a Deceased Officer or Non-commissioned Member) unless the circumstances of the death prevent removal of the remains.
(2) Where the officer or non-commissioned member does not request that the remains of a deceased dependant referred to in paragraph (1) be returned to Canada, the remains may be interred in a burial plot in a military cemetery abroad in which deceased officers and non-commissioned members are buried.
(3) Except for the transportation authorized under paragraph (1), the transportation, funeral and burial of the remains of a dependant referred to in paragraph (1) shall not be at public expense.
(4) The remains of a dependant interred outside Canada shall not be exhumed and returned to Canada at public expense.
(M) [1 September 2001 – (1); 15 June 2012 – (1) and (2)]
24.20 - POST-MORTEM EXAMINATION
(1) This article applies in respect of the death of:
- a member of the Regular Force;
- a member of the Reserve Force during any period of Class "C" Reserve Service;
- a dependant of a member mentioned in subparagraph (a) or (b) who accompanies the member serving outside Canada;
- a person, other than an officer or non-commissioned member, who is subject to the Code of Service Discipline; and
- a person, other than an officer or non-commissioned member, who dies
- while under the care of a service medical officer, or
- while receiving treatment at a service medical facility or unit.
(2) Subject to paragraphs (3) and (5), a post-mortem examination for the purpose of investigation into the cause of a death may be ordered by:
- the Minister;
- the Chief of the Defence Staff;
- an officer commanding a command; or
- any other officer whom the Minister may designate or appoint for that purpose.
(3) A post-mortem examination ordered under paragraph (2) shall be conducted by a civilian medical practitioner duly qualified to practise in the place where the examination is to be held or by a service medical officer.
(4) An order directing a post-mortem examination shall include the name of the civilian medical practitioner or the name and unit of the service medical officer responsible for the conduct of the post-mortem examination.
(5) No order shall be made under this article directing a post-mortem examination to be held in a country outside Canada where the laws of that country would preclude compliance with such an order.
(24.21 TO 24.99 INCLUSIVE: NOT ALLOCATED)
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