Armed Forces News

Reservists and National Guard members will begin receiving new DD-214 forms upon completion of service. The armed services have three years to fully implement the change. As it stands today, a DD-214 – officially known as a Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty – are only available to reserve-component troops who serve more than 90 days on active-duty orders. Other Guard members received form NGB-22 forms for their cumulative service.

The National Guard Association, which had long championed the change, hailed it as “a big victory for members of the National Guard and Reserves.”

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The DD-214, the association stated, “is considered the ‘gold standard’ for documenting military service, including determining eligibility for state and federal veterans’ benefits and discounts from retailers.”

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