Separating from Service

Retiring Or Separating From Military Service Overseas

Retiring or Separating From Military Overseas

Updated: November 2, 2022

If you are retiring or separating from military service while assigned to an overseas location, there are several issues you should consider before making the jump from your military career to the civilian job market. Some of the information you need will be given to you during out-processing and transition assistance (TAP) briefings, but other […]

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military discharge

Types of Military Discharges

Updated: November 2, 2022

Military discharges are punitive or administrative in nature. Some discharge ratings may impact your eligibility for veteran benefits or government employment. You can find your discharge rating on your DD-214. List of Military Discharge Types Military separation and reenlistment codes accompany discharge ratings and outline the conditions under which a discharged service member can re-join the […]

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Character of Discharge Blocks

DD214 Military Discharge and Separation Codes

Updated: November 2, 2022

Form DD-214 contains separation/discharge information which can be used by employers for screening veterans, determining eligibility of VA benefits and reenlistment. Here are the seven blocks (boxes 23-29) that make up the character of discharge on the long or undeleted DD-214 form. Form DD-214 Character of Discharge Section SPECIAL ADDITIONAL INFORMATION (For use by authorized […]

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Terminal Leave: Sell or Use At Separation

Terminal Leave: Sell or Use At Separation

Updated: November 2, 2022

Should service members go on terminal leave before retiring or separating from the military? Or should they choose to sell back that leave instead? What is the best use of your accrued leave on your way out the door from your military duty and into your new life as a civilian? In spite of our […]

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The Palace Chase Program

The Palace Chase Program

Updated: November 4, 2022

Palace Chase and Palace Front sound like humorous terms that may be thrown around with any unit in the United States military, but believe it or not, they are the official terms for two different programs offered to military members. This article will focus on the Air Force’s Palace Chase program. All service branches should […]

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Unemployment Compensation for Ex-servicemembers (UCX)

Unemployment Compensation for Ex-servicemembers (UCX)

Updated: July 19, 2022

If you are a former member of the U.S. military, you may be eligible for unemployment benefits through the Unemployment Compensation for Ex-servicemembers program. Each state administers this unemployment insurance program as agents of the federal government. Military members don’t pay into unemployment insurance protection through payroll deductions. Instead, “military branches reimburse state agencies dollar-for-dollar for all […]

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Top Ten Questions About Military Discharge Upgrades

Top Ten Questions About Military Discharge Upgrades

Updated: November 3, 2022

The top ten questions and answers about military discharge upgrades include some complex issues. Did you know there’s a difference between a correction to your military records and an actual military discharge upgrade? That’s just one of the important things you need to know about appealing the reasons for your military discharge or how it […]

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Discharge Appeal Review Board - DARB

Discharge Appeal Review Board (DARB)

Updated: April 30, 2021

Military members who retire or separate are given a military discharge that may be characterized in a number of ways. The most commonly known of these are the Honorable discharge and the Dishonorable discharge. There are punitive discharges, medical discharges, and military discharges for the convenience of the government. Those who do not receive Honorable […]

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Military Discharge Upgrades Liberal Consideration Policy

Military Discharge Upgrades Liberal Consideration Policy

Updated: June 19, 2021

The military has several different kinds of military discharges characterized as “other-than-honorable,” meaning ANY discharge that is not classified as Honorable. That includes, but is not limited to: General discharge (under honorable conditions) Other than honorable discharge (OTH) Bad conduct discharge (court martial or general court martial) Dishonorable discharge Entry-level separation (not suitable for the […]

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Great Jobs for Veterans Without a Degree

Great Jobs for Veterans Without a Degree

Updated: April 5, 2021

There are lots of great jobs for veterans without a degree. Those who retire or separate from the military don’t always re-enter the workforce with a degree. What waits for these veterans? Much depends on who you ask and what kind of career path you want to take. Defining Terms What does it mean to […]

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