Download DD Form 214 Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty
How Do I Get my DD Form 214?
The DD Form 214 is necessary for obtaining VA benefits, applying for new jobs, getting subsidized loans, enrolling in Veterans organizations, etc. The certificate is given out to each soldier on the day of discharge. A DD Form 215 can be used to correct any mistakes found on the certificate.
The process of replacing a lost or stolen certificate by the veteran, authorized representative or next-of-kin takes three to four weeks.
- The simplest to request a copy of any of your military records is to visit the National Archives Website and file an online application. The SF Form 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records is used to facilitate the process both when filing digitally and sending requests by mail.
- Mail or fax a filled-out SF Form 180 to the National Personnel Records Center. The official address of the organization is 9700 Page Avenue St. Louis, MO 63132-5100, Fax: (314) 801-9049. Contact a Veterans Service Organization, the DoD, National Personnel Records Center, Federal Information Centers or Veteran Administration Offices for further information and assistance.
- If you experience any difficulties with obtaining the DD Form 214 by yourself, you can always hire a third party representative that will assist you with filing the required paperwork.
To speed up the acquisition process and avoid any unnecessary delays make sure that all the required information is provided in full and all forms are signed and dated properly. Your application will be reviewed over the course of ten workdays. If requesting older records and forms that may have been lost to the 1973 fire at NPRC, be prepared to wait 6 months or longer.
What Are DD Form 214 Discharge Codes?
The DD 214 Form contains codes used by the DoD in order to denote the military retiree reenlistment eligibility and the reasons to discharge. These codes are called the SPN or discharge codes.
The DoD prohibits the release of the meaning of the codes to the general public. There are many different interpretations online, but none of them are proven to be accurate or definite. Use the information available online at your own risk.