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What is the DD Form 214?

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The DD Form 214 is a US military form that details separation and discharge information for a former member of the armed forces. Its official designation is DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty.

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The form contains basic information about the former service member, including; rank, military job specialty, any decorations or commendations received, last duty assignment and the separation information itself. This will detail whether a discharge was honorable or otherwise, as well as the reason for separation and eligibility for federal programs. The form can be used as a verification of military service for retirement benefits and membership in veterans' organizations.

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