29 Sep 08
BUPERS INSTRUCTION 1900.8C
From: Chief of Naval Personnel
Subj: CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE OR DISCHARGE FROM ACTIVE
DUTY (DD 214)
Ref: (a) DoD Instruction 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
1. Purpose. To provide instructions for preparation and
distribution of the 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 1900.8B.
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. The NAVPERS 1900/2, Separation
Travel Orders, will be issued to enlisted personnel upon
separation and marked “For Official Use Only”.
c. The DD 214 is designed to provide a short-form original
which excludes “Special Additional Information” and a long form
copy with additional information selectively included based on
the recipient’s needs.