Separation Program Numbers (SPN Codes)

Updated: December 8, 2019

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    Military Separation Program NumbersMilitary Separation Program Numbers (SPN Codes) define the reason a discharge or separation was granted. SPN Codes were replaced by alpha-numeric separation codes but can still be found on many older DD-214s. The DoD no longer allows the meaning of these codes to be released but since the definitions have already been released, they are still easily accessed, including on some military and government sites.

    Where to find the Separation Program Number on a DD-214

    The separation program number can be found in Box 26 of the long form DD-214.

    Military Separation Codes – Numeric

    Note: Use of these codes is at your own risk. The DoD no longer allows the release of SPN Codes and these were obtained prior to the military discontinuing the public release of Separation Codes/SPN Codes. It is also possible that new codes can be assigned or existing codes are subject to change.

    Alphabetical SPN Codes, which replaced Numeric SPN Codes can be found here.

    Military Separation Codes - Numeric

    SPN CodeDefinition
    201Enlisted Personnel - Expiration of term of service (includes personnel on ADT as initial trainees)
    21LEnlisted Personnel - Separation for good & sufficient reason when determined by secretarial authority
    21TEnlisted Personnel - Release of REP 63 trainees due to emergency conditions (Does not apply to active duty)
    21USeparation for failure to demonstrate adequate potential for promotion
    202Expiration of term of enlistment
    203Expiration of term of active obligated service
    205Release from active & transferred to reserve
    209Release from Active Duty within 3 months of expiration of USN service
    210Separation for failure to demonstrate adequate potential for promotion
    212Honorable wartime service subsequent to desertion
    213Discharge for retirement as an officer
    214To accept commission as an officer in the Army, or to accept recall to active duty as an Army Reserve officer
    215To accept appointment as warrant officer in the Army or to accept recall to active duty as Army Reserve warrant officer
    217To accept commission or appointment in the Armed Forces of the United States (other than Army)
    219Erroneous induction
    220Marriage, female only
    221Pregnancy
    222Parenthood
    225Minority/under age
    226Dependency
    227Hardship
    229Sole surviving son and surviving family members
    230Retirement after 20 years but less than 30 years active federal service
    231Retirement after 30 years active federal service
    238Service retirement in lieu of other administrative action
    239Surviving family members
    240Unconditional resignation of enlisted personnel serving on unspecified enlistment
    241Resignation of enlisted personnel on unspecified enlistment in lieu of resignation for misconduct or inefficiency
    242Resignation of enlisted personnel on unspecified enlistment for the good of the service
    243Resignation of enlisted personnel on unspecified enlistment in lieu of board of action when based on unfitness
    244Resignation of enlisted personnel on unspecified enlistment in lieu of board action when based on unsuitability
    245Resignation of enlisted personnel on unspecified enlistment in lieu of separation for disloyalty or subversion
    246Discharge for the good of the service
    247Unsuitability, multiple reasons
    248Unsuitability
    249Resignation (Class II homosexual) of personnel on unspecified enlistment
    250Punitive discharge. Class I homosexual - general court martial
    251Punitive discharge. Class I homosexual - general court martial
    252Punitive discharge. Class I homosexual - general or special court martial
    253Homosexual - board action
    255Retirement in lieu of discharge under AR 635-89 (homosexuality). Rescinded; OR
    255Punitive discharge. Class II homosexual - general court martial
    256Homosexual, acceptance of discharge in lieu of board action
    257Unfitness, homosexual acts
    258Unfitness, ineptitude; OR
    258Unfitness, multiple reasons
    260Unsuitability, inaptitude
    261Inaptitude - illiterate; OR
    261Psychiatric or psychoneurotic disorder
    262Behavioral disorder, Bedwetter
    263Bedwetter
    264Unsuitability, character and behavioral disorders
    265Unsuitability, character disorder
    270Placed on temporary disability retired list; OR
    270Release from EAD and revert to retired list at ETS
    271Permanently retired by reason of physical disability
    273Physical disability with entitlement to receive severance pay
    274Physical disability resulting from international misconduct or willful neglect or incurred during period of unauthorized absence. Not entitled to severance pay
    276Released from EAD & revert to retired list prior to ETS
    277Physical disability, EPTS (existing prior to service), established by medical board. Discharged by reason of physical disability upon application by individual. Not entitled to severance pay
    278Physical disability, EPTS, established by physical evaluation board proceedings. Not entitled to severance pay
    279Release from EAD & revert to retired list at ETS
    28BUnfitness, frequent involvement in incidents of a discreditable nature with civil or military authorities
    28EFinancial irresponsibility
    28FEstablished pattern for showing dishonorable failure to pay just debts
    28GUnfitness, an established pattern for showing dishonorable failure to contribute adequate support to dependents or failure to comply with order, decrees, or judgment of a civil court concerning support of dependents
    280Misconduct/fraudulent entry into the Army (enlistee not revealing criminal record)
    281Desertion, trial barred by 10 U.S.C. 843 (ART. 43, U.C.M.J.). Rescinded; OR
    281Unsanitary habits
    282Misconduct/prolonged unauthorized absence for more than one year desertion
    283Misconduct/AWOL trial waived or deemed inadvisable
    284Misconduct/convicted or adjudged a juvenile offender by a civil court during current term of active military service
    285Initially adjudged a juvenile offender by a civil court during current term of active military service. Rescinded.
    290Desertion (court martial)
    293Other than desertion (court martial); OR
    293General court martial
    294Special court martial
    311Alien without legal residence in the United States
    312Separation of members of Reserve components on active duty who, due to age, would be precluded from attaining eligibility pay as provided by 10 USC 1331.1337
    313To immediately enlist or reenlist
    314Importance to national health, safety or interest
    316Release, lack of jurisdiction
    318Conscientious objection
    319Erroneous enlistment
    320To accept employment law enforcement agency
    333Discharge of Cuban volunteers upon completion of specified training. Rescinded.
    344Release of Cuban volunteers upon completion of specified training. Rescinded.
    367Aggressive reaction
    370Released from EAD by reason of physical disability & revert to inactive status for the purpose of retirement under Title 10. USC Sections 1331 - 1337, in lieu of discharge with entitlement to receive severance pay
    375Discharge because of not meeting medical fitness standards at time of enlistment
    376Release from military Control (void Inductions) because of not meeting medical fitness standards at time of induction
    377Non - fulfillment of enlistment commitment
    38ADesertion/trial deemed inadvisable (WW2) Rescinded
    38BDesertion/trial deemed inadvisable (peacetime desertion) Rescinded
    38CDesertion/trial deemed inadvisable (Korean War). Rescinded
    380Desertion/trial barred by 10 USC Section 834 (Art 34 UCMJ). Rescinded
    351Desertion/trial deemed inadvisable (Spanish - American War/ WWII). Rescinded
    383Criminalism
    41AApathy, lack of interest
    41CTo accept a teaching position
    41DDischarge of enlisted personnel on unspecified enlistment who completed 20 years active federal service, do not submit application for retirement: commander determines discharge will be in best interest of the government
    41EObesity
    411Early separation of overseas returnee
    412Enlisted members of medical holding detachments or units who, upon completion of hospitalization, do not intend to immediately enlist or reenlistment in the regular Army
    413To enter or return to college, university, or equivalent institution
    414To accept or return to employment of a seasonal nature
    415Early release of inductees who have served on active duty prior their present tour of duty
    416Physical disqualification for duty in MOS"
    418Discharge of enlisted personnel in unspecified enlistment who complete 30 years active federal service and do not submit application for retirement
    419Discharge of enlisted personnel on unspecified enlistment over 55 years of rage who have completed 20 years active federal service & do not submit application for retirement
    420Discharge or release of individuals with less than 3 months remaining to serve who fail to continue as students (academic failure) at service academies
    421Early release at Christmas will be issued as appropriate by Army & has been Included in separation edit table. Rescinded
    422Early release at original ETS of enlisted personnel who have executed a voluntary extension. Rescinded
    423Early release after original ETS of personnel serving on voluntary extension. Rescinded
    424Separation at ETS after completing a period of voluntary extension. Rescinded
    425Discharge (Inductees) to enlist at Warrant Officer Flight Training
    426Discharge (inductees) to enlist to attend critical MOS school
    427Discharge (inductees) to enlist for Officer Candidate School
    428Discharge for failure to complete Officer Candidate. School
    429Discharged because of not meeting medical fitness standards for Flight training
    430Early separation of personnel denied reenlistment under Qualitative Management Program
    431Reduction in authorized strength
    432Early release to serve 1 year in an ARNG or USAR unit
    433Involuntary release of personnel on compassionate assignment
    434Early release of AUS & first team RA Personnel - phase down release programs (Early - out from Vietnam)
    436Reduction In strength a USASA option/First Team
    437AUS, RA First Team, exempted from 90 day suspension of Early Release Program for reasons for intolerable personal problems
    440Separation for concealment of serious arrest record
    46AUnsuitability, apathy, defective attitudes & inability to extend effort constructively
    46BSexual deviate
    46CApathy/obesity
    460Emotional instability reaction
    461Inadequate personality
    463Paranoid personality
    464Schizoid personality
    469Unsuitability
    480Personality disorder
    482Desertion/trial barred by 10, USC, Sec. 843 (Art 43 UCMJ) Rescinded"
    488Unsuitability (general discharge separation)
    489Military Personnel Security Program (disloyal or subversive)
    500Resignation - hardship
    501Resignation - national health, safety, or interest
    502Resignation - completion of required service
    503Resignation - enlistment in the regular Army - regular officer
    504Resignation - withdrawal of ecclesiastical endorsement
    505Resignation - serving under a suspended sentence or dismissal
    508Resignation - to attend school
    510Resignation - Interest of national security (in lieu of elimination)
    51BResignation - In lieu of elimination because of unfitness or unacceptable conduct
    522Resignation in lieu of elimination because of conduct triable by court martial or in lieu thereof
    524Resignation - unqualified other miscellaneous reasons
    528Resignation - marriage
    529Resignation - pregnancy
    530Resignation - parenthood (minor children)
    536Voluntary discharge substandard performance of duty
    539Voluntary discharge - termination of RA or AUS warrant to retire commissioned status
    545Voluntary discharge - failure of selection for permanent promotion (commissioned officers)
    546Involuntary discharge a failure of selection for permanent promotion (warrant officer)
    550Involuntary discharge - reasons as specified by HDQA
    551Involuntary discharge - administrative discharge GCM
    554Dismissal - General court martial
    555Involuntary discharge - failure to complete basic, Company officer at associate company officer course - USAR officers
    556Failure to complete basic, company officer or associate company officer course - ARNGUS officers
    558Voluntary discharge - conscientious objection
    586Involuntary discharge - for reasons involving board action or in lieu thereof (homosexuality),
    588Involuntary discharge - reasons involving board action, or in lieu thereof - unfitness or unacceptable conduct
    589Voluntary discharge - reasons involving board action or in lieu thereof, due to substandard performance of duty
    590Involuntary discharge - interest of national security
    595Involuntary discharge pregnancy
    596Involuntary discharge - parenthood (minor children)
    597Voluntary discharge - administrative
    599Voluntary REFRAD - lack of jurisdiction
    600Voluntary REFRAD - to enlist an regular Army
    601Voluntary REFRAD - to enlist in regular Army for purpose of retirement
    602Voluntary REFRAD - national health, safety, or interest
    603Involuntary REFRAD - due to disapproval of request for extension of service
    604Voluntary REFRAD - hardship
    606Voluntary REFRAD - dual status officer to revert to regular Warrant Officer
    609Voluntary REFRAD - to attend school or accept a teaching position
    610Voluntary REFRAD - marriage
    611Voluntary REFRAD - expiration of the duty commitment voluntarily serving on active duty
    612Voluntary REFRAD - expiration active duty commitment involuntary serving on active duty
    616Voluntary REFRAD - selection for entrance to a service academy
    618Voluntary REFRAD - In lieu of serving in lower grade than reserve grade
    619Voluntary REFRAD - by request includes MC & DC officers
    620Voluntary REFRAD - interdepartmental transfer of other than medical officers
    621Voluntary REFRAD - in lieu of unqualified resignation
    623Voluntary REFRAD - interdepartmental transfer of medical officers
    624Voluntary REFRAD - release from ADT to enter on 24 months active duty
    625Voluntary REFRAD - annual screening, voluntary release prior to 90th day subsequent to receipt of notification
    627Involuntary REFRAD - maximum age
    631Involuntary REFRAD - failure of selector for permanent reserve promotion (discharged)
    632Involuntary REFRAD - failure of selection for permanent reserve promotion (commission retained)
    633Involuntary REFRAD - failures of selection for promotion, temporary
    640Involuntary REFRAD - commissioned officer under sentence of dismissal & warrant officer discharge awaiting appellate review
    644Voluntary & Involuntary REFRAD - convenience of government or as specified by Secretary of the Army
    645Involuntary REFRAD - annual screening, release on 90th day subsequent to receipt of notification
    646Involuntary REFRAD - maximum service, warrant officers
    647Involuntary REFRAD - maximum service, commissioned officers
    648Involuntary REFRAD - completion of prescribed years of service
    649Involuntary REFRAD - withdrawal of ecclesiastical endorsement
    650Involuntary REFRAD - physically disqualified upon order to active duty
    651Involuntary REFRAD - release of reserve unit & return to reserve status
    652Involuntary REFRAD a release of unit of NG or NG(US) & return to state control
    655Involuntary REFRAD - revert to retired list, not by reason of physical disability
    657Involuntary REFRAD - physical disability. Revert to inactive status for purpose of retirement under Chapter 67. 10 USC in lieu of discharge with entitlement to receive disability severance pay
    660Physical disability discharge - entitlement to severance pay
    661Physical disability discharge - disability resulting from intentional misconduct or willful neglect or incurred during a period of unauthorized absence. Not entitled to receive disability severance pay
    662Physical disability discharge - EPTS, established by physical evaluation board. Not entitled to disability severance pay
    668Dropped from rolls - AWOL conviction & confinement by civil authorities
    669Dropped from rolls - AWOL desertion
    672Involuntary REFRAD - medical service personnel who receive unfavorable background investigation and/or National Agency Check
    681Voluntary REFRAD - to accept employment with a legally established law enforcement agency
    685Resignation - failure to meet medical fitness standards at time of appointment
    686Involuntary discharge - failure to resign under Chapter 16 - AR 535 - 120. when determined to be in the best interest of the government and the individual
    689Voluntary REFRAD - reduction in strength, voluntary release prior to 90th day subsequent to receipt of notification
    690Involuntary REFRAD - reduction in strength. release on 90th day subsequent to receipt of notification
    70Amandatory retirement - 35 years service/five years In grade. Regular army major general
    70BMandatory retirement - age 62, regular army major general
    70CMandatory retirement 60, regular Army mayor general whose retirement has been deferred
    70DMandatory retirement - age 64, regular Army major general whose retirement has been deferred & each permanent professor and the registrar of the US Military Academy
    70EMandatory retirement - 30 years service/five years in grade, regular army brigadier general
    70FMandatory retirement 30 years of service/five years In grade, regular colonels
    70GMandatory retirement - 28 years service. Regular Lt. Colonels
    70JMandatory retirement - age 60, regular commissioned officer below major general
    70KMandatory retirement - more than 30 years active service, professors US military Academy
    70LMandatory retirement - 30 years of more active service, regular warrant officers
    70MMandatory retirement - age 62 regular warrant officers
    701Enlisted separation - early release of personnel assigned to installations or units scheduled for inactivation, permanent change of station, or demobilization
    741Mandatory retirement - failure of selection for promotion, established retirement date, commissioned officer
    742Mandatory retirement - failure of selection for promotion, estab’d retirement date. warrant officer
    743Enlisted separation - early release of personnel from release of unit of the ARNG or the ARNGUS from active federal service & return to state control"
    744Mandatory retirement - failure of selection for promotion, early retirement date, commissioned officer
    745Mandatory retirement - failure of selection for promotion. early retirement date, warrant officers
    747Mandatory retirement - failure of selection for promotion, retained for retirement, commissioned officers.
    748Mandatory retirement - failure of selection for promotion, retained for retirement, warrant officer
    749Enlisted separation - early release of Puerto Rican personnel who will to qualify for training
    753Enlisted separation - early release of reserve personnel upon release of reserve units
    764Enlisted separation - release of REP 63 trainees upon completion of MOS training
    77EMandatory retirement - surplus In grade after 30 years service. Removal from acting list (regular Army)
    77JVoluntary retirement - placement on retired list at age 60
    77MMandatory retirement - permanent retirement by reason by physical disability
    77NMandatory retirement - paced on temporary mandatory solemnity retired list
    77PVoluntary retirement in lieu of or as a result of elimination board proceedings. Regular Army & reserve commissioned officers and Warrant officers
    77Candatory retirement - temporary disability retirement in lieu of or as a result of elimination proceedings
    77RMandatory retirement - permanent disability retirement in lieu of or as a result or elimination proceedings
    77SVoluntary retirement a regular Army & reserve commissioned officers
    77TVoluntary retirement - regular Army and reserve warrant officer
    77UVoluntary retirement - regular Army commissioned officers with 30 or more years of service
    77VVoluntary retirement - enlisted personnel, voluntarily retired as commissioned officer
    77WVoluntary retirement - enlisted personnel, voluntarily retired as a warrant officer
    77XVoluntary retirement a warrant officer voluntarily retired as a commissioned officer
    77YMandatory retirement - retirement a director of music, USMA, as the President may direct
    77ZMandatory retirement - regular Army commissioned officers with World War 1 service
    771Mandatory retirement - commissioned officers, unfitness or substandard performance of duty
    7772Mandatory retirement - warrant officers, unfitness or sub - standard performance of duty
    78AMandatory retirement - formerly retired other than for disability who while on active duty incurred a disability of at least 30%
    78BMandatory retirement a formerly retired for disability who where on active duty suffered aggravation of disability for which he was formerly retired
    79AVoluntary REFRAD - as USAR warrant officer (aviator) to accept USAR commission (aviator) with concurrent active duty
    79BResignation - as RA a WO (aviator) to accept USAR commission (aviator) with concurrent active duty
    941Dropped from rolls (as deserter)
    942Dropped from rolls (as military prisoner)
    943Dropped From rolls (as missing or captured)
    944Battle casualty
    945Death (non - battle - resulting from disease)
    940Death (non - battle - resulting From other than disease)
    947(Current term of service voided as fraudulent enlisted, while AWOL from prior service
    94BTo enter US military Academy
    949To enter any area of the service academies (other than USMA)
    971Erroneously reported as returned from dropped from rolls as a deserter (previously reports under transaction GA)
    972Erroneously reported as restored to duty from dropped from rolls of military prisoner previously reported under transaction code GB)
    973Erroneously reported as returned from dropped from rolls or missing or captured (previously reported under transaction code GC)
    976Minority. Void enlistment or induction - enlisted personnel

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