In the mini-series The Pacific and in Band of Brothers, they mention the GI insurance scheme, which I think paid out 10,000 dollars if a serviceman was killed in action. But GIs apparently had to specifically sign up for this scheme - it seems not to have been automatic. It mentions in The Pacific how Medal of Honor winner John Basilone did not sign the papers for the insurance, meaning his widow did not receive any money after his death on Iwo Jima. In Band of Brothers, the paratroopers about to go into action on D-Day are told by their officer to sign up before they board their planes. Does anyone have any further details of this scheme? Did GIs have to pay to be in it and how generous a sum was 10,000 dollars? Was there anything similar available to British servicemen?