Sole Survivor Policy

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The Sole Survivor Policy or DoD Directive 1315.15 "Special Separation Policies
 for Survivorship" describes a set of regulations in the U.S. military that are 
designed to protect members of a family from the draft or from combat duty if 
they have already lost family members in military service.\....


The need for the regulations first caught public attention after the five Sullivan brothers 
were all killed when the USS Juneau (CL-52) was sunk during World War II,[1] and was 
enacted as law in 1948. No peacetime restriction was in place until 1964 during the Vietnam 
War; in 1971, Congress amended the law to include not only the sole surviving son or 
daughter but also any son or daughter who had a combat related death in the family. Since
 then, each branch of the military has made its own policies with regard to separating 
immediate family members.[2]