Making Someone a Military Dependent

1. PURPOSE. To provide legal assistance clients with basic information on making someone their military dependent.

2. FACTS. Certain family members, such as a spouse or child, are automatically entitled to dependency status. Other family members, such as a parent, brother or sister, require special
review before they can be considered dependents.

    a. To seek dependent status for a minor for whom you have legal custody or guardianship, you must bring the minor's birth certificate, and original or certified copies of the guardianship or other relevant court document to Finance. Additionally, you will need to complete DD Form 137, which is available at Finance, requesting financial support for the new dependent. You will next be sent to your unit PAC to complete DA Form 1172 to enroll the dependent in DEERS and obtain an ID card, if needed.

    b. To seek dependent status for an adult family member, you must first send the following documents to DFAS, Indianapolis:

        (1) Proof (such as copies of cancelled checks) that you provide more than half of the individual's financial support;

        (2) Completed DD Forms 137 and 137-3, which are available at Finance.

    c. The address to send the complete request is: DFAS, Central Pay Operations, ATTN: FINCP-EAB, Indianapolis, IN 46249-0855.

DFAS will send the proposed dependent a questionnaire verifying your information and their desire to become your dependent. The dependent must sign the questionnaire and have his or her signature notarized. You will then receive notice that DFAS is processing your application. If the proposed dependent is approved, you must bring the approval document to your unit PAC and request a DA Form 1172.

    d. In addition to the DA Form 1172, your unit PAC should assist you with family travel, command sponsorship, and other personnel actions for your new dependent.

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Last Reviewed: July 18, 2008

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