DA Form 2446 Request for Orders

What Is DA Form 2446?

DA Form 2446, Request for Orders is a form used to request orders within the U.S. Army if a separate request for orders is determined to be necessary.

The latest version of the form - sometimes incorrectly referred to as the DD Form 2446 - was released by the Department of the Army (DA) in January 1976 and replaces the 1973 edition of the form. An up-to-date DA Form 2446 fillable version is available for digital filing and download below or can be found through the Army Publishing Directorate website.

In general, the DA 2446 ensures that the information needed to make the action administratively complete and legal is forwarded through the chain of command. The form cannot be used to request emergency leave or TDY orders. These are requested through the DD Form 1610, Request and Authorization for TDY Travel of DoD Personnel, and the DA Form 31, Request and Authority for Leave.


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How to Fill out DA Form 2446?

Procedural guidelines and additional information can be found in the AR 600-8-105, Military Orders, released in October 1994. DA Form 2446 instructions are as follows:

  1. The form may only be used by organizations without access to the Tactical Army Combat Service Support Computer System, Tactical Army Combat Service Support Computer System (Enhanced), or Installation-Level Integrated Database and Subject Area Database computers. Commanders are encouraged to eliminate the use of paper forms. This is needed to standardize orders Army-wide, reduce waiting time and eliminate the need to use the DA Form 2446.
  2. The form starts with the heading (authorized personnel is required to fill in the boxes labeled "DATE", "TO" and "FROM").
  3. The TITLE OF FORMAT is copied off of the orders format page being used. A STANDARD NAME LINE is filed if required. If the orders format page does not indicate this information the box must be left blank. Each of the LEAD LINES is copied directly from the orders format page and must have a response in the VARIABLE INFORMATION column.
  4. The requestor's name, contact information, and signature must be provided at the bottom of the page.
  5. The completed DA 2446 must be forwarded to the servicing ASD.