Captive / POW / MIA Entitlements

Regular Army: Retired

Benefit Fact Sheet


Soldiers designated with Captive, Missing, or Missing in Action (MIA) status are entitled to receive the pay and allowances to which entitled when the status began or to which the Soldiers later become entitled.


Retired Soldiers are not eligible for Captive/POW/MIA entitlements; however, Retirees recalled to active duty have the same entitlements as other SolPOW Flagdiers on  active duty. Captive/POW/MIA status is designated to Soldiers on active duty who are determined to be Prisoners of war, Missing, Missing in Action, interned in a foreign country, captured, beleaguered or besieged by a hostile force, or detained in a foreign country.

Additional Information

VA American Former Prisoners of War website:

VA POW Fact Sheet:

DoD 7000.14-R DoD Financial Management Regulation - Volume 7A: Military Pay Policy - Active Duty and Reserve Pay Chapters 24, 35, 36, 37 and 44:

Document Review Date: 03 December 2021