RECORD OF PROCEEDINGS
AIR FORCE BOARD FOR CORRECTION OF MILITARY RECORDS
IN THE MATTER OF: DOCKET NUMBER: 01-03623
INDEX CODE: 128.00
HEARING DESIRED: NO
APPLICANT REQUESTS THAT:
He be reimbursed for premiums deducted from his pay for the
increased coverage of his Servicemen’s Group Life Insurance
APPLICANT CONTENDS THAT:
The reasons the applicant believes the records to be in error or
unjust and the evidence submitted in support of the appeal are at
Supporting documentation was not submitted.
STATEMENT OF FACTS:
The applicant is currently serving on active duty in the grade of
senior airman (E-4).
The remaining relevant facts pertaining to this application,
extracted from the applicant’s military records, are contained in
the letters prepared by the appropriate office of the Air Force
at Exhibits B, and E.
AIR FORCE EVALUATION:
HQ AFPC/DPW recommends the application be denied due to lack of
sufficient evidence to support the applicant’s claim. The
applicant did not respond to their request for additional
The HQ AFPC/DPW evaluation, with attachment, is at Exhibit B.
APPLICANT'S REVIEW OF AIR FORCE EVALUATION:
The applicant’s response to the advisory opinion consists of
copies of his leave and earnings statements and a copy of his
SGLI election and certificate. The applicant’s complete
submission is at Exhibit D.
ADDITIONAL AIR FORCE EVALUATION:
HQ AFPC/DPW recommends the application be denied. HQ AFPC/DPW
stated that the applicant only requested reimbursement of the
premiums for 1 Apr through 31 Dec 01; however, since the SGLV
Form 8286 was dated 22 Jul 02, he also incurred additional
charges for the months of 1 Jan through 31 Jul 02. It is DPW’s
opinion that the Maxwell AFB leadership took adequate steps as
directed to inform all members of the increase in coverage and
that the applicant had adequate time during the month of Apr 01
to make a new election and avoid the increased premium.
Additionally, the applicant did not provide any documentation to
indicate that he was not aware of this change and his
responsibility to make a new election or to refuse this benefit.
In accordant with public law, the applicant was automatically
covered for $250,000 for the period 1-30 Apr 01. Since the
applicant did not complete a new SGLV Form 8286 declining
coverage until 22 Jul 02, he was also covered at the higher
amount for the period 1 Apr 02 - 31 Jul 02 and was charged for
the increased coverage for 1 Apr 01 - 22 Jul 02. Had the
applicant become a fatality while on active duty between 1 Apr 01
- 22 Jul 02, the proceeds of the $250,000 coverage would have
been paid in accordance with 38 U.S.C. 1970.
The HQ AFPC/DPW evaluation is at Exhibit E.
APPLICANT'S REVIEW OF ADDITIONAL AIR FORCE EVALUATION:
A copy of the additional Air Force evaluation was forwarded to
applicant on 2 August 2002 for review and response. As of this
date, no response has been received by this office (Exhibit F).
THE BOARD CONCLUDES THAT:
1. The applicant has exhausted all remedies provided by existing
law or regulations.
2. The application was timely filed.
3. Insufficient relevant evidence has been presented to
demonstrate the existence of error or injustice. We took notice
of the applicant's complete submission in judging the merits of
the case; however, we agree with the opinion and recommendation
of the appropriate Air Force office of primary responsibility and
adopt the rationale expressed as the basis for our decision that
the applicant has failed to sustain his burden that he has
suffered either an error or an injustice. In view of the above
and absent evidence to the contrary, we find no compelling basis
to recommend granting the relief sought in this application.
THE BOARD DETERMINES THAT:
The applicant be notified that the evidence presented did not
demonstrate the existence of material error or injustice; that
the application was denied without a personal appearance; and
that the application will only be reconsidered upon the
submission of newly discovered relevant evidence not considered
with this application.
The following members of the Board considered this application in
Executive Session on 12 December 2002, under the provisions of
Mr. Joseph G. Diamond, Panel Chair
Mr. Jackson A. Hauslein, Member
Mr. Edward H. Parker, Member
The following documentary evidence was considered:
Exhibit A. DD Form 149, dated 12 Dec 01.
Exhibit B. Letter, HQ AFPC/DPW, dated 10 Apr 02, w/atch.
Exhibit C. Letter, SAF/MRBR, dated 19 Apr 02.
Exhibit D. Additional evidence from Applicant.
Exhibit E. Letter, HQ AFPC/DPW, dated 29 Jul 02.
Exhibit F. Letter, SAF/MRBR, dated 2 Aug 02.
JOSEPH G. DIAMOND