Who uses a DA 5840 form?
This form is used by the US Army soldiers as a part of the Family Care Plan. The DA 5840 form is completed by the guardian (not the soldier) in the presence of a notary.
What is the purpose of the DA 5840 form?
The Certificate of Acceptance as Guardian or Escort is a guardian’s agreement to care for the soldier’s child(ren) in his or her absence. The Family Care Plan is an important document for soldiers who have families, as it contains the specific measures they took to ensure that the family is cared for during their absence. It’s especially relevant for a single military parent or families in which both parents are serving in the military.
Is the DA 5840 form accompanied by other documents?
The certificate is a part of the Family Care Plan and is usually accompanied by the DA form 5841, Power of Attorney, where the soldier authorizes another person to care for his/her dependents on his behalf.
How long does it take to fill the DA 5840 form out?
The estimated time for completing the form is 15 minutes.
What information should be provided in the form DA 5840?
The Guardian must provide the following information:
Name of the guardian, address, telephone number, e-mail address
Name and age of all the family members of the soldier
Name of the soldier
The Guardian also has to sign and date the form.
The certificate has to be signed and dated by the notary as well.
What do I do with the form DA 5840 after its completion?
The signed form is forwarded to the corresponding Army branch. The copies of the certificate are kept by the guardian and the authorizing soldier.