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.”


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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