How Do I Obtain a DD215?

The paperwork needed to correct a Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty from the United States military is called a DD 215, and it can be obtained by submitting a request letter to the commander of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command. This request must include the reason a change is necessary.

All veterans who have been discharged from active duty have a certificate of their release. This is called a DD 214, and it is a very important official document that helps provide a proof of service and discharge for both the veteran and the U.S. military. However, in some instances, changes need to be made to this document. If a currently discharged veteran needs to amend his DD 214, he must submit a DD 215. Only changes that have occurred during a veteran’s reserve services or a tour of active duty need to be made.

Retired military personnel are able to change their discharge information at any time, including documentation such as divorce and name changes as well as their certificate of discharge. However, all retirees must provide official proof of their identity and of the changes being made to their documentation before they will be made official.