DA Form 71 Instructions
See Army Regulation 135-100 (Appointment of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the Army) for more information about the DA 71. The officer appointment procedures are the following:
- On approval of the appointment, the officers are therefore assigned to an appropriate branch. Branches are determined by the applicant's qualifications and the vacancies to fill.
- In case of being a former commissioned officer of any U.S. Armed Forces on AD in the Army in a WO or enlisted status and having the appropriate qualification, there are several options of accepting an appointment in a branch they were previously assigned to or to a branch in which a previous appointment was held.
- A memorandum of appointment and a DA Form 71 are to be issued and sent to each appointee for completion per instructions. A signed oath is required for appointment in any component of the Army. The execution and return of the form constitute the acceptance of appointment. No other evidence is required. When the appointment involves a WO or enlisted member of the Active Army, the oath requires specifying the current grade in parentheses under the address. The number of years, months and days credited after "D" on the memorandum of appointment must be indicated if credit for service in an active status based on education and experience is used to determine grade eligibility at the time of appointment.
- An oath of office executed with reservations of any nature or modification will not be recorded as an acceptance. In case no desire to execute an oath without reservations is expressed the appointment will be canceled.