DA Form 71 Oath of Office - Military Personnel

What Is DA Form 71?

DA Form 71, Oath of Office - Military Personnel is a form that is used to create a record of the date of acceptance of appointment as an officer in the Army of the United States. The form must be completed by all newly-appointed officers. Failure to file will make the appointment invalid.

The most recent version of the form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DD Form 71 - was released by the Department of the Army (DA) in July 1999 with all previous editions being obsolete.

The form contains an oath of office which must be filled in, subscribed, attested and returned to the agency from which it was received. In case of non-acceptance, the form must be mailed back to that agency.

Where Do I Find My DA Form 71?

The Oath of Office form is unclassified and approved for public release with unlimited distribution. An up-to-date fillable DA Form 71 is available for download and online filing down below or can be found through the Army Publishing Directorate website.

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OATH OF OFFICE - MILITARY PERSONNEL
For use of this form, see AR 135-100, the proponent agency is ODCSPER
DATA REQUIRED BY THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974
5 USC 3331, 552, 552a; 10 USC 10204.
AUTHORITY:
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE: To create a record of the date of acceptance of appointment.
Information is used to establish and record the date of acceptance. The SSN is used to identify the member. The
ROUTINE USES:
date of acceptance of appointment is used in preparing statements of service and computing basic pay date.
Completion of form is mandatory. Failure to do so will cause the appointment to be invalid.
DISCLOSURE:
INSTRUCTIONS
INDICATE THE APPOINTMENT FOR WHICH OATH IS BEING EXECUTED BY PLACING AN "X" IN APPROPRIATE BOX. REGULAR ARMY
COMMISSIONED OFFICERS WILL ALSO SPECIFY THE BRANCH OF APPOINTMENT WHEN APPOINTED IN A SPECIAL BRANCH.
This form will be executed upon acceptance of appointment as an officer in the Army of the United States. Immediately upon receipt of
notice of appointment, the appointee will, in case of acceptance of the appointment, return to the agency from which received, the oath of
office (on this form) properly filled in, subscribed and attested. In case of non-acceptance, the notice of appointment will be returned to
the agency from which received, (by letter) indicating the fact of non-acceptance.
COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
WARRANT OFFICERS
REGULAR ARMY
REGULAR ARMY
(Branch, when so appointed)
ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES, WITHOUT COMPONENT
ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES, WITHOUT COMPONENT
RESERVE COMMISSIONED OFFICER
RESERVE WARRANT OFFICER
I,
(First Name, Middle Name, Last Name)
(Social Security Number)
having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of
do solemnly swear (or affirm)
that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental
reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon
which I am about to enter; SO HELP ME GOD.
(Signature - full name as shown above)
SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED BEFORE ME AT
,
.
THIS
DAY OF
(Day)
(Month)
(Year)
(Grade, component, or office of official administering oath)
(Signature)
FOR THE EXECUTION OF THE OATH OF OFFICE
1. Whenever any person is elected or appointed to an office of
Article 136; 10 USC 936). A commissioned warrant officer
honor or trust under the Government of the United States, he/she is
administering the oath of office will show his/her title in the block to
the left of his/her signature.
required before entering upon the duties of his/her office, to take and
subscribe the oath prescribed by 5 USC 3331.
4. Oath of office may also be taken before any civil officer who is
2. 10 USC 626 and 14309 eliminate the necessity of executing oath
authorized by the laws of the United States or by the local municipal
on promotion of officers.
law to administer oaths, and if so administered by a civil official, the
oath must bear the official seal of the person administering the oath,
3. The oath of office may be taken before any commissioned officer
or if a seal is not used by the official, the official's capacity to
of any component of any Armed Force, whether or not on active
administer oaths must be certified to under seal by a clerk or court
duty (10 USC 1031), or before any commissioned warrant officer
or other proper local official.
when acting as an adjutant, assistant adjutant, acting adjutant, or
personnel adjutant in any of the Armed Forces
(See UCM,
APD LC v1.00ES
DA FORM 71, JUL 1999
EDITION OF DEC 1988 IS OBSOLETE
OATH OF OFFICE - MILITARY PERSONNEL
For use of this form, see AR 135-100, the proponent agency is ODCSPER
DATA REQUIRED BY THE PRIVACY ACT OF 1974
5 USC 3331, 552, 552a; 10 USC 10204.
AUTHORITY:
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE: To create a record of the date of acceptance of appointment.
Information is used to establish and record the date of acceptance. The SSN is used to identify the member. The
ROUTINE USES:
date of acceptance of appointment is used in preparing statements of service and computing basic pay date.
Completion of form is mandatory. Failure to do so will cause the appointment to be invalid.
DISCLOSURE:
INSTRUCTIONS
INDICATE THE APPOINTMENT FOR WHICH OATH IS BEING EXECUTED BY PLACING AN "X" IN APPROPRIATE BOX. REGULAR ARMY
COMMISSIONED OFFICERS WILL ALSO SPECIFY THE BRANCH OF APPOINTMENT WHEN APPOINTED IN A SPECIAL BRANCH.
This form will be executed upon acceptance of appointment as an officer in the Army of the United States. Immediately upon receipt of
notice of appointment, the appointee will, in case of acceptance of the appointment, return to the agency from which received, the oath of
office (on this form) properly filled in, subscribed and attested. In case of non-acceptance, the notice of appointment will be returned to
the agency from which received, (by letter) indicating the fact of non-acceptance.
COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
WARRANT OFFICERS
REGULAR ARMY
REGULAR ARMY
(Branch, when so appointed)
ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES, WITHOUT COMPONENT
ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES, WITHOUT COMPONENT
RESERVE COMMISSIONED OFFICER
RESERVE WARRANT OFFICER
I,
(First Name, Middle Name, Last Name)
(Social Security Number)
having been appointed an officer in the Army of the United States, as indicated above in the grade of
do solemnly swear (or affirm)
that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic,
that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental
reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon
which I am about to enter; SO HELP ME GOD.
(Signature - full name as shown above)
SWORN TO AND SUBSCRIBED BEFORE ME AT
,
.
THIS
DAY OF
(Day)
(Month)
(Year)
(Grade, component, or office of official administering oath)
(Signature)
FOR THE EXECUTION OF THE OATH OF OFFICE
1. Whenever any person is elected or appointed to an office of
Article 136; 10 USC 936). A commissioned warrant officer
honor or trust under the Government of the United States, he/she is
administering the oath of office will show his/her title in the block to
the left of his/her signature.
required before entering upon the duties of his/her office, to take and
subscribe the oath prescribed by 5 USC 3331.
4. Oath of office may also be taken before any civil officer who is
2. 10 USC 626 and 14309 eliminate the necessity of executing oath
authorized by the laws of the United States or by the local municipal
on promotion of officers.
law to administer oaths, and if so administered by a civil official, the
oath must bear the official seal of the person administering the oath,
3. The oath of office may be taken before any commissioned officer
or if a seal is not used by the official, the official's capacity to
of any component of any Armed Force, whether or not on active
administer oaths must be certified to under seal by a clerk or court
duty (10 USC 1031), or before any commissioned warrant officer
or other proper local official.
when acting as an adjutant, assistant adjutant, acting adjutant, or
personnel adjutant in any of the Armed Forces
(See UCM,
APD LC v1.00ES
DA FORM 71, JUL 1999
EDITION OF DEC 1988 IS OBSOLETE

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.