Back to Top Skip to main content

DNA Identification Laboratory

The Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory provides worldwide scientific consultation, research and education services in the field of forensic DNA analysis is the only DoD Human Remains DNA testing laboratory, and is a key partner in helping identify the remains of service members from both current and past conflicts. 

Family Outreach Program

Since 1992, the DoD and the military Services have been actively collecting maternal family reference specimens from family members of military personnel whose remains have not been recovered or identified from Southeast Asia, Cold War incidents, Korea and World War II. The individual military Service Casualty Offices continue to seek family members to update their databases.

You also may be interested in...

AFMES DNA FAQs 2018

Fact Sheet
6/27/2018

This Fact Sheet describes the purpose of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System's Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory.

Recommended Content:

Armed Forces Medical Examiner System | Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner | DoD DNA Operations | DNA Identification Laboratory | Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains

AFMES DNA lab helps identify the fallen of past conflicts

Article
5/30/2018
Gina Parada, Armed Forces Medical Examiner System DNA analyst, collects a DNA sample during a POW/MIA Accounting Agency Family Member Update in Louisville, Kentucky. DNA can be used to support anthropology of recovered skeletal remains or be used as primary means of identification. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert M. Trujillo)

DNA can be used to support anthropology of recovered skeletal remains or be used as primary means of identification

Recommended Content:

Armed Forces Medical Examiner System | Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner | DoD DNA Operations | DNA Identification Laboratory | Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains

DPAA accounts for 183 missing service members in fiscal year 2017

Article
10/27/2017
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency conducts a ceremony for POW/MIA Recognition Day at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu, Hawaii, Sept. 15, 2017. POW/MIA Recognition Day, first established in 1979 through a proclamation from President Jimmy Carter, is an observance to honor and recognize the sacrifices of those Americans who have been prisoners of war and to remind the Nation of those who are still missing in action. Today, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency is conducting worldwide operations to provide the fullest possible accounting for those classified as still missing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Bruch)

DPAA works closely with the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System and the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory, part of the Research and Development Directorate of the Military Health System

Recommended Content:

Armed Forces Medical Examiner System | Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner | DoD DNA Operations | DNA Identification Laboratory | Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains

AFMES Form 25: Histology Request and Specimen Storage

Form/Template
6/1/2016

Use this form to obtain information/specimens needed for histology tissue processing and/or specimen storage.

Recommended Content:

Armed Forces Medical Examiner System | Office of the Armed Forces Medical Examiner | Repository of Specimen Samples for the Identification of Remains | DNA Identification Laboratory
Showing results 1 - 4 Page 1 of 1

DHA Address: 7700 Arlington Boulevard | Suite 5101 | Falls Church, VA | 22042-5101

Some documents are presented in Portable Document Format (PDF). A PDF reader is required for viewing: Download a PDF Reader or learn more about PDFs.