When a sailor is discharged, they are given a 3 letter code that tells why they receive the discharge. This 3 digit code is extremely important, and will follow them around for the rest of their life. Alot of people have no clue about these codes, but big companies do. So this post is to explain how you can tell what your sailor is being discharged for...
This will show you how to read a DD-214 Navy discharge paperwork. If you know how, then maybe this will help one of the members that don't.
Alot of people wonder how to read a Navy discharge code. These codes are only located on the DD-214 page 4, not on page 1....
I will use mine as an example.
Here is the bottom of my DD-214 page one:
Here is the bottom of my DD-214 page 4. Notice the extra little bit that is added on that shows the Seperation Code (Block 26) and the Reentry code, normally called the RE code (Block 27). These codes tell most of the story.
To find the Reentry Code meaning, just go to this link:
(Note: Just keep clicking on picture until it's clear, or print it out)
So you can see on the Page 4, I was Honorably discharged (Block 24), I received a RE-2 since I went to the Fleet Reserves (retirement), and that I received a NBE discharge code.
To see what a NBE code is, go to this link: http://www.navycs.com/downloads/1900_8c.pdf
(Note you must use the older 1900.8c manual since the Navy limited the viewing in the newer 1900.8d)
You can see it was because of Early Retirement. ie I took the Temporary Early Retirement Authorty (TERA) that was authorize from 1993 to 1996 because of overmanning. Woo-hoo, best thing I've ever done!!!! Got those retirement check at my 18 year point...
So I hope that helps you understand the way to read a DD-214 paper. Always look for the page 4....