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Armed Forces Medical Examiner System

The Armed Forces Medical Examiner System is committed to being the Department of Defense’s leader in providing medicolegal services and emerging technologies essential for the readiness, sustainability and survivability of our service members. AFMES provides the DOD and other federal agencies comprehensive forensic investigative services, to include forensic pathology, DNA Forensics, forensic toxicology, and medical mortality surveillance. AFMES is not only the single worldwide medical examiner system, but it also supports the entire U.S. federal government.

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Investigate deaths, Identify the fallen, Improve readiness


Be the global leader in comprehensive and innovative medicolegal services enhancing the readiness, sustainability, and survivability of those we serve.

AFMES Fact Sheets

Armed Forces Medical Examiner System Fact Sheet12/16/2022
Department of Defense DNA Operations4/5/2023

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Jan 27, 2023

Armed Forces Medical Examiner Booklet

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The AFMES is the only medical examiner system authorized to support DOD and other federal agencies' missions. It also works closely with the investigative arms of all military branches, to conduct forensic investigations of crime scenes upon request. Download this booklet to learn more about the AFMES and its mission.

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Instruction: #DoD Instruction 5154.30, DoD Instruction 5154.30: Armed Forces Medical Examiner System AFMES Operations

This instruction establishes policy, assigns responsibilities, and provides direction for forensic medicine activities throughout DoD In accordance with the authority in DoD Directive (DoDD) 5124.02, and provides for the continued operation and governance of AFMES, a component of the Defense Health Agency (DHA) under DoDD 5136.13, in carrying out ...

  • Identification #: DoD Instruction 5154.30
  • Type: Instruction
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