What Does "ETS" Stand for in the Army?

What Does "ETS" Stand for in the Army?

What Does "ETS" Stand for in the Army?

In the United States military, ETS generally stands for "expiration - term of service" and is contained in each service member's contract. On the ETS date, a service member's current contract has expired and the service member is free to leave the military or sign a re-enlistment contract.

A military ETS date is important for verifying veterans' benefits. It can be found on discharge papers, which are often referred to as the DD-214, along with other important information, such as discharge status, certain military honors and details about a veteran's service. The ETS is also used as an active-duty anniversary date for determining pay raise timing, tours of duty, eligibility for promotions or mandatory discharges. The ETS is not necessarily the same as a discharge date.