All National Guard and Reserve members who leave service will receive a new version of the DD-214 form upon separation, according to a DoD memo released earlier this year.
The change – which will be in place by February 2025 – standardizes paperwork across the components, making it easier for Guard and Reserve members to receive veterans benefits. MOAA has supported moves toward such a standardization, including the Record of Military Service for Members of the Armed Forces Act of 2022 (H.R. 7041), a bill which would create a “Certificate of Military Service” for all components.
The new DD-214-1 form for reserve-component members also will provide a date for retirement pay eligibility, according to a Military Times report, simplifying a sometimes-complicated calculation.
While active duty members receive a DD-214 at separation, similar documentation for Guard and Reserve members takes many forms depending on location and service branch. Some of these forms – the NGB-22, for instance – may not be accepted as proof of service by those unfamiliar with Guard and Reserve policies, or by civilian companies requiring a DD-214 as part of proof-of-service procedures.
A Better DD-214?
H.R. 7041 would require servicemembers to receive “an up-to-date record of service” at other key career points, not just leaving service:
- Any permanent change to duty status, to include an enlisted member joining the officer ranks or a reservist moving to active duty).
- A promotion (beginning at O-3, W-3, or E-4).
- Transferring from the National Guard of one state to another (Interstate Transfer).
The bipartisan bill, which had 41 co-sponsors as of May 2, was referred to the House Armed Services Committee in March.
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