10 May 05
BUPERS INSTRUCTION 1900.8B
From: Chief of Naval Personnel
Subj: CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE OR DISCHARGE FROM ACTIVE
DUTY (DD 214)
Ref: (a) DODI 1336.1 of 6 Jan 89
(b) NAVPERS 15560D, Naval Military Personnel Manual
Encl: (1) Instructions for Issuance of DD 214, Certificate of
Release or Discharge from Active Duty, and Related
(2) Authority and Code for Separations
(3) Reentry Codes
(4) State Directors of Department of Veterans Affairs
(5) NAVPERS 1900/2 (11-01), Separation Travel Orders
1. Purpose. To provide instructions for preparation and
distribution of DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from
Active Duty. This instruction is a complete revision and should
be reviewed in its entirety.
2. Cancellation. BUPERSINST 1900.8A.
a. Per reference (a), Department of Defense (DOD)
prescribes the DD 214 for use by all military services.
Reference (b) provides separation/discharge reasons.
b. Enclosures (1) through (4) are used for the preparation
and distribution of the DD 214. Enclosure (5) will be issued to
enlisted personnel upon separation and marked “For Official Use
c. DD 214 is designed to provide a short-form original
which excludes “Special Additional Information” and a long form