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The Secret Code on Your DD Form 214

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So you got an Honorable Discharge from the Military.  So what?  You need to double check it to see if you’ve been fucked over.

Are you a veteran?  Been having a hard time finding good employment?  Have you been told you have to wait a year to see a specialist at the VA hospital?  There is a secret code on your DD Form 214 that everyone but you know about.  Employers like Boeing, Honeywell, General Dynamics and many more have been provided the codes that they use to determine if you get hired.

Watch this video and I’ll have more afterwards.

WATCH PART TWO     WATCH PART THREE     WATCH PART FOUR

By now you’re saying, “That’s not me.  My DD214 doesn’t have that code.”

Look again Sports Fan.  The SPN code discussed on the videos apply to Veitnam Era discharges.  They were replaced by newer codes.

Look at Blocks 26 and 27

Those are my codes.  MCB is “Early separation- Special Separation Program”  3S is “Special Separation Program”.  It means I took the Special Separation Bonus when I elected to separate in 1992.  The codes also bar me from reenlistment or federal employment with the caveat that if I find a federal job or reenlist (in say, the National Guard) I would not accrue pay until I paid back the $50,000 Bonus.  That’s including the tax taken out.

HERE ARE SOME OTHER CODES YOU MIGHT LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT

BLC – Homosexuality

BLF – Drug use

DFS – Good of the Service, conduct triable by court martial

FCM – Concientious Objector

FDF – Pregnancy

GHJ – Unsuitability (Reason Unknown)

GKE – Financial Irresponsibility

GLH – Lack of Dependent Support

GLJ – Shirking

GLK – Unsanitary Habits

GMF – Sexual Perversion

GMG – Alcoholism

HLB – Discreditable Incidents – Civilian or Military

JDG – Parenthood

JKB – Civil Court conviction

JRA – Engaged, attempted to engage or solicit another to engage in a homosexual act

JRB – Admission of Homosexuality or bisexuality

JRC – Marriage or attempted marriage to a person known to be of the same biological sex

KBD – Retirement – 20 – 30 Years Service

KFB – Minority

KNL – Good of the Service

LFF – Directed by service authority

JFU – Positive Urinalysis

IF I’VE HELPED YOU, FEEL FREE TO TOSS A COUPLE OF BUCKS IN MY TIP JAR  OVER THERE————->

HERE’S A MASTER LIST OF MOST OF THEM

But not all of them.  It took a little Googling for me to find mine. YOU HAVE FIVE YEARS FROM TIME OF DISCHARGE TO CHANGE THIS CODE IF YOU NEED TO.

 

 

 


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  • walt313 March 8, 2016, 07:02

    Add Veteran’s Disability Payments to the list of money you lose.

  • Aparc June 1, 2017, 20:49

    Mine skips boxes 25-27? So i have no actual code I guess.

  • Anonymous January 15, 2018, 19:43

    I was discharged in 1978, and I didn’t find out about this code on my dd 214. Mine says character disorder. Guess I can file for disability payments, then.

  • walt313 January 15, 2018, 21:36

    Give it a shot but beware. My disability is for depression and the VA took away my ability to manage my own money. Which I do very well. They asked if I pay my bills as well as I think I should. My dumbass said “No”. BAM! Financially Irresponsibility. They didn’t ask the follow-up question, “Why?” If you lose $85,000 of income, you try to pay your bills. Fuckers.

  • Paul February 5, 2018, 10:48

    When President Ford, granted the Pardon, “clemency ” for the offense of AWOL, for a less then Honorable, was any other stipulation attached to that Pardon? Working with a Veteran, and the VA, refuses to honor, said Pardon.
    Please advise.
    Thanks

  • Walt February 25, 2018, 14:35

    My father-in-law ran the Army Discharge Review Board in the early 80’s. He said that they were overruling 80% of the BCD’s they saw. But these were VD BCD’s from World War Two. Contact the Discharge Review Board of your Branch of Service.

  • Nick July 8, 2018, 20:57

    My code is JFL what does it mean

  • walt313 July 12, 2018, 19:25

    JFL – Physical Disability

  • Bill July 19, 2018, 10:28

    cant find code M22 anywhere. Any idea what it means?

  • Melissa July 23, 2018, 14:17

    What is JJE2?

  • walt313 July 24, 2018, 21:00

    The JJ series are court martials.
    JJB Court Martial
    JJC Court Martial for Desertion
    JJD Court Martial, Other

  • walt313 July 24, 2018, 21:20

    I have searched for any alphabetical codes with numbers. Usually when they appear with a number, that number indicates which branch grants eligibility or ineligibility to enlist. The numbers are Branch specific so a USAF 4 isn’t a USMC 4. JEEZ!

  • walt313 July 24, 2018, 21:22

    JFL1 – Physical disability with severance pay, USAF
    JFL2 – Physical disability that existed prior to service but was aggravated by the Service, with severance pay, USAF

  • THOMAS BOONE August 6, 2018, 14:03

    what does SPN 201 MEAN

  • walt313 August 6, 2018, 22:40

    SPN 201 – Enlisted Personnel – Expiration of term of service (includes personnel on ADT as initial trainees).

  • walt313 August 6, 2018, 22:40
  • William August 13, 2018, 16:39

    What does mcd mean? Don’t see that discharge code anywhere been trying to find out.

  • walt313 August 14, 2018, 03:06

    The Veteran has contended that his separation from service was due to either a Medical Conduct Discharge, or a Mental Conduct Discharge. The Veteran’s DD 214 reflects that the Veteran’s type of separation was “relief from [active duty for training]”, the Veteran’s character of service was “honorable”, the separation authority for the Veteran was “PARA 5-15 AR 635-200”, and the Veteran’s separation code was “MCD”. The Veteran has repeatedly asked for clarification to the effect of his “MCD” separation code. The Board notes that Army Regulations 623-200, PARA 5-15 encompasses early release of reserve component personnel serving Active Guard Reserve tours. In light of the fact that the Veteran is seeking service connection for an acquired psychiatric disorder, efforts should be undertaken to clarify for the record the meaning of the separation code.

  • Domenic Rabone August 16, 2018, 08:59

    Please tell what GFX means it was Honorable this was back in 87 and I’ve never attempted to get any help from the veterans office.

  • walt313 August 16, 2018, 23:36

    GFX- PERSONALITY DISORDER Involuntary discharge approved by recommendation of a board when a personality disorder, not amounting to a disability, which significantly impairs the member’s ability to function effectively in the military environment

  • William nelson August 21, 2018, 08:24

    We’re in the same boat, bro – can’t find what separation code m-22 means, either.
    Feel free to shoot me an email if you find out what it means. Thanks!

  • walt313 August 22, 2018, 17:40

    William,
    Got it. Not so bad. What email do I send it to?
    Walt

  • walt313 August 24, 2018, 08:44

    M22: Medically discharged because of dependent’s health.

  • walt313 August 24, 2018, 08:46

    Bill brings up an important point. If you ask here, you mustn’t be shy about a VD BCD or something. We’re all sharing info here. I will continue to post the answers.

  • L Harrison August 27, 2018, 16:45

    box 25 separation authority
    Chapter 2 AR 635 – 200 what does that mean ? and box 27 Reenlistment code
    RE-1B RE-3B what does that mean?

  • walt313 August 28, 2018, 18:01

    Hello L,
    1B
    Fully qualified for enlistment/reenlistment. Applies to persons who were fully qualified when last separated; however, reenlistment was not authorized at time of separation under strength management program.
    3B
    Ineligible for enlistment/reenlistment unless a waiver is granted. Applies to persons who have time lost during their last period of service.
    As for Chapter 2 AR 635 – 200, this is what I got.

    The Veteran has contended that his separation from service was due to either a Medical Conduct Discharge, or a Mental Conduct Discharge. The Veteran’s DD 214 reflects that the Veteran’s type of separation was “relief from [active duty for training]”, the Veteran’s character of service was “honorable”, the separation authority for the Veteran was “PARA 5-15 AR 635-200”, and the Veteran’s separation code was “MCD”. The Veteran has repeatedly asked for clarification to the effect of his “MCD” separation code. The Board notes that Army Regulations 623-200, PARA 5-15 encompasses early release of reserve component personnel serving Active Guard Reserve tours. In light of the fact that the Veteran is seeking service connection for an acquired psychiatric disorder, efforts should be undertaken to clarify for the record the meaning of the separation code.

  • Mac September 7, 2018, 14:36

    Walt – I too have the M22 in box 26 and in box 27 1J and in box 28 Early Separation Program – Strength Reduction.

    I read the your post above as M22 : Medically discharged because of dependent’s health.

    This is strange, I was married with a infant child but neither were in bad health. I would’ve remained in USAF with Medical Coverage.

    Question: Having M22 what does that mean is it negative for me applying for any VA Benefits or? I was never discharged or processed out, which I am now completing and filing for VA benefits due to my understanding from other VETS that I should’ve been receiving monetary and VA Benefits for loss of hearing etc. Just curious. Been a long time and just frustrated with process. Thanks

  • walt313 September 7, 2018, 22:36

    Mac,
    Let me sort this out. What Branch were you in? Your hearing loss if service connected which means it’s in your medical records can be back-dated to your discharge date or at least a few years. This could be a good check. I was a SSB and got paid $50,000 on discharge. To get my VA disability I had to pay back the $50k including the taxes. This was a mistake and I fought the VA for four years to get refunded $11k.

    Your ability to get VA care is based on income. When I applied I had an income of zero and did not qualify because they use your last year’s taxes to determine eligibility. I had made $85K the year before so I had to wait for the new year’s tax return to qualify. Then I got a service connected disability which generated a check.

    READ THIS
    Adventures at the VA

  • John Murray September 20, 2018, 15:31

    My dd214 shows a desperation code of K14. And Reenlistment code of 2X. Have read the code and can’t find either. Any help would be appreciated. Seperated June of 84. USAF

  • Walt September 21, 2018, 10:40

    John,
    2K: Has been formally notified by the unit commander of initiation of involuntary separation action. you’re right, K12 os tricky. The K series are discharge programs and I suspect K12 was a special separation program for force reduction.

  • Bth November 10, 2018, 09:12

    What does JBK seperation code mean.

    Army

  • walt313 November 10, 2018, 19:06

    JBK-Service initiated discharge directed by established directive upon completion of required active service.

    You got out after your hitch.

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