Before January 1, 1950, several similar forms were used by the military services, including the WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD, and the NAVCG 553. We've provided the complete Do D Instruction NUMBER 1336.1 concernng Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214/5 Series) HERE (4.5 mb). The Report of Separation contains information normally needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement, employment, and membership in veterans' organizations.
Service members in the Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP) who separate or are released from active duty (e.g.
But, before we get into the minutia, the DD214s history, importance and many uses, most people who visit this site simply want to know the best method to acquire a certified copy of their (or their close relatives) DD214.
In order to save you some time, weve placed a link to The Best Method to Acquire Your DD214 (Click HERE) first. The Defense Department issues to each veteran a DD-214, identifying the veteran's condition of discharge - honorable, general, other than honorable, dishonorable or bad conduct.
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If you need to update or correct your DD 214, your first stop should be the National Archives website.
As transgender vets know, records with former names or outdated gender designations can put people's privacy at risk and lead to harassment when applying for jobs or benefits and in other situations.
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physical disability separation, expiration term of service (ETS), punitive discharge under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), etc.) may need to update their DD Form 214.
The DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) is a separation document summarizing a service member’s most recent period of continuous active duty service.