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FAQ

What is the purpose of a Preliminary Loss Report?
The Preliminary Loss Report (PLR) is designed to immediately alert the Army that a death affecting combat readiness has occurred.

Are PLRs dispatched on the full spectrum of combat readiness loss or only on accidents?
As of 4 Mar 05, the PLRs that have been released are on accidental losses (deaths). However, as the process matures, PLRs will be dispatched on losses from hostile activity, crimes, suicide, and medical circumstances as well as accidents.

What information may be found in the PLR?
Based on preliminary information, the PLR includes a thumbnail sketch of circumstances associated with the loss: Unit, date of loss, description of the activity at the time of the death. Statistics reflecting other Army losses in this type of activity for a designated period will be noted. Tactics, techniques, and procedures may be provided. A purpose statement and method to provide feedback are included.

Why aren't photos, graphics, and the like included?
Three reasons: a. First, 48 hour dispatch is a primary goal of the PLR. Awaiting photos and the like would compromise that immediate notification time target. b. Second, the PLR is dispatched to a wide variety of electronic hardware and software. The less complex electronic format guarantees a greater likelihood of compatibility of the electronic format. c. Third, privacy. Family privacy and unit sensitivity might be unnecessarily compromised by photos.

Who produces PLRs?
The U.S. Army Combat Readiness Center (USACRC) produces, dispatches, and archives the PLR. PLR information is derived from a variety of sources such as telephonic notifications from the unit. PLRs may include input from external resources for TTPs.

Who receives PLRs?
PLRs are distributed by electronic mail. The list currently includes General Officers, Commanders at Brigade level and above and equivalent (Garrison Cdrs, Acquisition Corps PMS, and the like), nominative Sergeants Majors, and the staff of the USACRC. Second order distribution is made by the USACRC through the ASO and CP12 list servers. Others may request to be added on a case by case basis.

Can you add me to the PLR distribution list?
The email distribution list for PLRs is limited to those identified in FAQ #6 above. Addressees are encouraged to redistribute with guidance relevant to their organizations. Additionally, ask your chain of command to forward PLRs to you.

What should I do when I receive a PLR?
It depends who sent it to you. a. If you received it from your command, the PLR was likely accompanied by information specific to your organization. b. If you received the PLR directly from the USACRC, then consider who might benefit from the information in your organization. Did the loss occur in your organization? Or, did a similar loss? Does your organization face the conditions that resulted in the loss? If not, how could the information be useful in your organization? You might find it appropriate to archive PLRs with other web-based information, making wide email distribution for only those most directly related to your operations and activities.

When did PLRs begin?
When did PLRs begin? The first PLR, 0501, documented a loss that occurred on 1 Feb 05.

What sort of numbering system is used for PLRs?
The PLRs are identified by a four or five digit number. The first 2 digits are the last 2 digits of the year in which the loss occurred; the last 2 or 3 digits are the consecutive number of the release. For example, the first PLR is numbered 0501. It reflected a loss in 2005 and was the first PLR, there PLR 0501. Note that the last 2 digits are consecutive numbers of the release and may not be in calendar order. For example, PLR 0514 reflects a loss on 11 Feb; PLRs 0507-0510 reflect losses 13-16 Feb.

Where can I find previous PLRs?
Go to https://safety.army.mil/STATISTICS/PreliminaryLossReports.aspx. We welcome your contributions to improving the process. Address your ideas and questions about PLRs or other matters related to reducing combat losses to usarmy.rucker.hqda-secarmy.mbx.crc-plr@mail.mil.