DD Form 368 Request for Conditional Release

What Is a DD Form 368?

DD Form 368, Request for Conditional Release is a form used by members of National Guard or Reserve Duty soldiers who want to transition into positions of Active Duty.

The latest edition of the form was released by the Department of Defense (DoD) in August 2011 and is in use today with all previous editions being obsolete. An up-to-date fillable DD Form 368 is available for digital filing and download below or can be supplied through the Executive Services Directorate website.

The service member makes a request by filling out the form and submitting it to the officials from their chain of command to receive their approval. The DD 368 - in short - is a conditional release from the requestor's parent unit and branch of service. If the request is approved, the applicant is assigned to an Active Duty Army unit, which has an opening for the requestor's rank and MOS (Military Occupational Skill). In some cases, the soldier may get assigned to a military facility for different MOS training.

The DD 368 should not be confused with the Department of the Army-issued DA Form 638, Recommendation for Award.

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REQUEST FOR CONDITIONAL RELEASE
(Read Privacy Act Statement and Instructions on back before completing this form.)
SECTION I - REQUEST FOR RELEASE
1. SERVICE MEMBER DATA
a. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. PAY GRADE
c. SSN or EDIPI
d. SERVICE COMPONENT
e. CURRENT UNIT/
f. ADDRESS
COMMAND
(1) STREET
(2) CITY
(3) STATE
(4) ZIP CODE
2. RECRUITING OFFICE ADDRESS
a. STREET
b. CITY
c. STATE
d. ZIP CODE
3. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SERVICE MEMBER
a. I request a conditional release to process for entrance into another component of the Military Service. If I am a member of the National Guard or
Reserve, I understand that I must attend all scheduled training until such time as I am enlisted or appointed into another Service. I also understand that
I am to keep my current commander informed of any change in my status.
b. OFFICER MEMBER ONLY. I hereby tender my resignation from the
(current component); request that it be accepted
contingent upon actual appointment or enlistment in the
(requesting component), and be effective the day preceding the
date of my acceptance of appointment or enlistment.
c. ENLISTED MEMBER ONLY. I understand I will be discharged from my current status effective the day preceding the date of my enlistment or
appointment.
d. MEMBER SIGNATURE
e. DATE SIGNED
4. RECRUITER REQUEST FOR CONDITIONAL RELEASE
a. Request conditional release to enlist/appoint member into the
(Service/Component).
b. NAME OF RECRUITER (Last, First, Middle Initial)
c. SIGNATURE
d. DATE SIGNED
e. TITLE
SECTION II - APPROVAL/DISAPPROVAL
5. (X as applicable)
.
a. APPROVED. Individual is recommended and conditional release is granted. The release is valid until
b. DISAPPROVED. Release is not granted. (Explain in "Remarks.")
6. AUTHORIZING OFFICIAL
a. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. TITLE
c. TELEPHONE NUMBER
d. ADDRESS
(Include area code)
(1) STREET
(2) CITY
(3) STATE
(4) ZIP CODE
e. SIGNATURE
f. DATE SIGNED
SECTION III - NOTIFICATION OF ENLISTMENT/APPOINTMENT ACTION
.
7. The member was administered the oath of enlistment or appointment into
THIS FORM AND A COPY OF THE OATH MUST BE RETURNED TO THE ADDRESS IN ITEM 6.d. TO EFFECT THE MEMBER'S DISCHARGE
OR WITHDRAWAL OF FEDERAL RECOGNITION.
8. CERTIFYING OFFICIAL
a. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. TITLE
c. UNIT/COMMAND
d. TELEPHONE NUMBER
e. ADDRESS
(Include area code)
(1) STREET
(2) CITY
(3) STATE
(4) ZIP CODE
f. SIGNATURE
g. DATE SIGNED
DD FORM 368, AUG 2011
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
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REQUEST FOR CONDITIONAL RELEASE
(Read Privacy Act Statement and Instructions on back before completing this form.)
SECTION I - REQUEST FOR RELEASE
1. SERVICE MEMBER DATA
a. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. PAY GRADE
c. SSN or EDIPI
d. SERVICE COMPONENT
e. CURRENT UNIT/
f. ADDRESS
COMMAND
(1) STREET
(2) CITY
(3) STATE
(4) ZIP CODE
2. RECRUITING OFFICE ADDRESS
a. STREET
b. CITY
c. STATE
d. ZIP CODE
3. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF SERVICE MEMBER
a. I request a conditional release to process for entrance into another component of the Military Service. If I am a member of the National Guard or
Reserve, I understand that I must attend all scheduled training until such time as I am enlisted or appointed into another Service. I also understand that
I am to keep my current commander informed of any change in my status.
b. OFFICER MEMBER ONLY. I hereby tender my resignation from the
(current component); request that it be accepted
contingent upon actual appointment or enlistment in the
(requesting component), and be effective the day preceding the
date of my acceptance of appointment or enlistment.
c. ENLISTED MEMBER ONLY. I understand I will be discharged from my current status effective the day preceding the date of my enlistment or
appointment.
d. MEMBER SIGNATURE
e. DATE SIGNED
4. RECRUITER REQUEST FOR CONDITIONAL RELEASE
a. Request conditional release to enlist/appoint member into the
(Service/Component).
b. NAME OF RECRUITER (Last, First, Middle Initial)
c. SIGNATURE
d. DATE SIGNED
e. TITLE
SECTION II - APPROVAL/DISAPPROVAL
5. (X as applicable)
.
a. APPROVED. Individual is recommended and conditional release is granted. The release is valid until
b. DISAPPROVED. Release is not granted. (Explain in "Remarks.")
6. AUTHORIZING OFFICIAL
a. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. TITLE
c. TELEPHONE NUMBER
d. ADDRESS
(Include area code)
(1) STREET
(2) CITY
(3) STATE
(4) ZIP CODE
e. SIGNATURE
f. DATE SIGNED
SECTION III - NOTIFICATION OF ENLISTMENT/APPOINTMENT ACTION
.
7. The member was administered the oath of enlistment or appointment into
THIS FORM AND A COPY OF THE OATH MUST BE RETURNED TO THE ADDRESS IN ITEM 6.d. TO EFFECT THE MEMBER'S DISCHARGE
OR WITHDRAWAL OF FEDERAL RECOGNITION.
8. CERTIFYING OFFICIAL
a. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. TITLE
c. UNIT/COMMAND
d. TELEPHONE NUMBER
e. ADDRESS
(Include area code)
(1) STREET
(2) CITY
(3) STATE
(4) ZIP CODE
f. SIGNATURE
g. DATE SIGNED
DD FORM 368, AUG 2011
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
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SECTION IV - REMARKS
PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
AUTHORITY: 10 U.S.C. Sections 261, 516, 651, 716, 3013, 5013, 8013, 12104, 12105, 12106, 12107, 12208, 12213, 12214, and 12645; 32 U.S.C.
Section 323; and DoD Instruction 1205.05, Transfer of Service Members Between Reserve and Regular Components of the Military Services.
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE(S): To document coordination and concurrence of one Military Service for discharge and accession to another Military
Service.
ROUTINE USE(S): None.
DISCLOSURE: Voluntary; however, failure to furnish all requested information may result in delay or denial of release from current Military Service.
INSTRUCTIONS
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS.
When this form is not computer generated, use typewriter or dark ink for all entries. Enter all dates in YYMMDD format. Use full street address,
city, state and ZIP code for addresses. Use last name, first name, and middle initial format. Use short title Service/Component names: USA,
ARNGUS, USAR, USN, USNR, USMC, USMCR, USAF, ANGUS, USAFR, USCG, USCGR.
SECTION I. Completed by recruiter and applicant.
Item 1. Enter applicant's name, pay grade, Social Security Number or Electronic Data Interchange Personal Identifier, current Service/Component,
and current unit/command address.
Item 2. Enter recruiter's office address, if applicable.
Item 3. For item 3.b., complete the name of the gaining and losing components. Member signs and dates appropriate blocks.
Item 4. Recruiter, if applicable, completes 4.a. through 4.e. and sends this document to the adddress in Item 1.e.
SECTION II. Completed by applicant's unit commander or designated representative within 30 days of receipt.
Item 5. If block 5.a. is marked, enter the ending date of this conditional release. If block 5.b. is marked, indicate in Section IV, "Remarks," the reason
for disapproval and return to the originator not later than the expiration date in Item 5.a.
Item 6. Enter name, title, signature and date for authorizing official. Indicate in Items 6.c. and d. the address and telephone number for returning
completed Section III. Send completed Section II to the address in Item 2.
SECTION III. Completed by enlisting/appointing official within 10 days of enlistment or appointment.
Item 7. Indicate service to which applicant was enlisted/appointed.
Item 8. Completed by individual certifying enlistment/appointment action. Certifying official ensures a copy of the completed DD Form 368 and a
copy of the oath are mailed to the address in Item 6.d.
SECTION IV - REMARKS.
Use as necessary. Reference each item on the form to which the remark pertains. (For example: "Item 5.b. Disapproved for the following reason:
.......")
DD FORM 368 (BACK), AUG 2011
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How to Fill Out a DD Form 368?

DD Form 368 instructions are included within the form itself. A step-by-step overview of all four sections can be found below:

  1. Section I is completed by both the recruiter and the applicant. Box 1 provides the applicant's name, pay grade, Social Security Number or Electronic Data Interchange Personal Identifier, current component, and the address of the current unit.
  2. Box 2 provides the recruiter's office address. Box 3 is for entering the name of the gaining and losing components, the service members signature and date of signing and includes a section with the recruiter's request for conditional release. The recruiter then forwards the form to the unit commander or designated representative of the applicant.
  3. Section II is completed by the applicant's unit commander or other authorized representative within 30 days of receiving the form.
  4. Box 5 states whether the individual is recommended and conditional release is granted or if they are disapproved. If the release is not granted, the reason for disapproval must be explained in Section IV, Remarks.
  5. The authorizing official must then provide their name, title contact information, address and signature in Box 6.
  6. Section III is completed by the enlisting or appointing official within 10 days of enlistment or appointment. Box 7 is used to indicate the service to which the applicant was appointed. Box 8 is completed by individual certifying the enlistment. The certifying official must ensure that a copy of the completed DD Form 368 and a copy of the oath are mailed to the address provided in Box 6.
  7. Section IV, Remarks is used when necessary to provide additional information.

Read the instructions carefully and then fill out the form completely, providing all the required information on your current military obligations and the military branch you wish to transfer to.

DD 368 Form FAQ

How Do I Get My DD Form 368?

The DD 368 can be downloaded by clicking the blue link below the form. Hard copies can be printed manually or obtained from your commanding officer.

Who Has to Sign a DD Form 368?

The first general level officer in your chain of command must sign this form. Bring the completed form to your commanding officer for their signature, and provide them with a full explanation of your reasons for transfer before they sign.

Afterward, the form has to be signed by the Active Duty recruiter from your new military branch. Recruiters have the right to approve voluntary requests for transfers only in case of having a written approval by a commanding officer.

Take the form signed by the recruiter back to your commanding officer for further progress. You will then have to wait for the approval or denial of your application.

How Long Should a DD 368 Form Take in the Marines?

Generally, it would take approximately 3 to 5 months, depending on the command. DD Form 368 expiration date is six months from the date of approval, so the applicant's plans should be aligned within the given time period.

In some cases, an additional three months may be granted i f an extension is required.

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