How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Ask a Military Lawyer

P. Simmons
P. Simmons, Military Lawyer
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 11980
Experience:  Retired Marine Corps lawyer and Veterans Services Officer (VSO) with 12+ yrs. of experience.
11181181
Type Your Military Law Question Here...
characters left:
Military Lawyers are Online Now

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises! Gary B. Edmond, OK
< Last | Next >
  • Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises! Gary B. Edmond, OK
  • My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer. Eric Redwood City, CA
  • I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight. Michael Wichita, KS
  • PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent. Three H. Houston, TX
  • Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!! Elaine Atlanta, GA
  • It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem. Tony Apopka, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
 
 
 

DD-214 Questions

What is DD-214?

DD-214 is considered a “Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”, but it is not normally related to “DD-214”, which is a document of the United States Department of Defense, that is granted upon a service member’s retirement, separation or discharge from active duty in the military. Read below where many people have come to ask Experts their specific questions relating to DD-214 forms.

How can someone change their DD-214 code so they can be enlisted back into service?

A recruiter will be responsible for applying a waiver. It is not considered a normal procedure for the Review Board to change the code, unless the service member is also upgrading a discharge. The only way to have the DD-214 changed is to submit a DD-293 to the Discharge Review Board for the service that they were discharged from.

If on a DD-214 someone has an honorable discharge for personality disorder, can they have this changed or removed?

They can apply to have it changed. The only way to get it changed is to show that the above stated was wrong, and the board of corrections for the military records will make the change if the document was wrong. If the service member can show that they were not discharged for a personality disorder, then the DD-214 is wrong, and the board of corrections will make the change.

When a DD-214 form was issued, but there was no discharge type stated, how does someone go about providing proof of the discharge type?

They will need to contact the archives to have the information on their entire military record sent. It may take longer than one week for this to happen. They will also need to file a DD-149 form, which is a military corrections record, so that the DD-214form will be corrected to show the status of the discharge type.

If someone has a DD-214 from active duty that gives them an honorable discharge could a dishonorable discharge from the reserves override this?

If they have an honorable discharge, they can show the honorable discharge and try to obtain the rights it allows. GI Bill, right to medical care for service connected injury during that period that was honorably discharged. If they had not started using the benefits before the time period passed on the honorable discharge, it would be over.. The dishonorable discharge cannot be used to bring you up to date.

On a deceased parents DD-214 form it states that they had Serviceman’s Group Life Insurance Coverage, is that only available during the time served?

Serviceman’s Group Life Insurance Coverage (SGLI) is provided for only a few months for free. This is not continuous coverage. The decease would have had to apply for and paid for Veteran’s Group Life Insurance (VGLI) which is a separate program.

After an active duty member of the military has served their contract they receive a DD-214 form upon retirement, discharge or separation. When receiving this type of form many questions can arise, such as not understanding what a DD-214 form is, or what they can do if they are missing their DD-214 form. These specific and complex questions can be answered when you ask the Experts that specialize in DD-214.

Ask a Military Lawyer

P. Simmons
P. Simmons, Military Lawyer
Category: General
Satisfied Customers: 11980
Experience:  Retired Marine Corps lawyer and Veterans Services Officer (VSO) with 12+ yrs. of experience.
11181181
Type Your Military Law Question Here...
characters left:
Military Lawyers are Online Now

How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Military Lawyers are online & ready to help you now

P. Simmons
Military Lawyer
Satisfied Customers: 11441
Retired Marine Corps lawyer and Veterans Services Officer (VSO) with 12+ yrs. of experience.
Allen M., Esq.
Lawyer
Satisfied Customers: 4035
Lawyer and current JAG officer.
Marsha411JD
Lawyer
Satisfied Customers: 1149
Licensed attorney and former Navy JAG serving ashore, afloat and at the OJAG

Recent DD 214 Questions

  • I made an unexplainable error concerning my annual leave balance

    I made an unexplainable error concerning my annual leave balance and therefore I cannot get 60 days of annual leave balance paid upon retirement, I was not trying to work the system, it was an error, however, there is a system in place that requires me to submit an application to retire, which includes information whether to take terminal leave or not. I have had to ask multiple times, after I retired June 1, 2014, as to my lump sum leave payment. In November, I was told I did not qualify for a lump sum payment as I had already taken it 36 years ago upon separating from the US Navy, something I did not recall, altho it is indicated in my DD 214. I saved up my annual leave over many years to maintain that balance. Had this application been properly reviewed, I feel I would have been notified and I could have changed my election to Terminal leave in time. I am not seeking the lump sum any more, I already got it, according to the evidence, but what about the elaborate system in place that did not work? My initial application was delayed due to my agency, the Bureau Of Prisons, not signing off the application in time, so I had to delay my retirement until June 1, 2014. I was never notified the lump sum was not possible. Do I have any recourse? Armando S. Ledesma, CAPT, (ret.) USPHS
    *****@******.***
  • I was discharged from the Navy in 1972 with a general discharge

    I was discharged from the Navy in 1972 with a general discharge under honorable conditions. It was part of the Drug Amnesty program. Anyone who had done hallucinogens (LSD) was asked to come forward (during submarine school in Groton) and do an interview with an officer who asked about "flashbacks."
    My DD 214 under "Reason and authority" reads: Bupersman(###) ###-####& CNP MSG 122014Z
    May 72 -384- Reason not to be shown.
    What exactly does that mean?
  • I am an Army Warrant Officer. I submitted a request for retirement

    I am an Army Warrant Officer. I submitted a request for retirement (20 years, 2 months AFS) on 1 May 2014, received approval from HRC and subsequently orders from my local RSO.
    The warrant officer promotion board convened beginning 23 APR 14 and since my retirement request did not reach HRC until 1 May, by files were boarded. In July, I received notification from HRC that I was a two-time non-select and under US Code Title 10 had to retire once I reach 20 years AFS. I contacted them, informed them of my approved retirement for 1 May 15, they informed me that my orders will be ammended to retire 28 FEB 15 and that I will receive a SPD Code of SGB, Non-Selection for Permanent Promotion on my DD 214. Is there any way I can bebute/ fight this?
< Last | Next >
View More Military Law Questions