Are Secret Numeric SPN codes Wrecking Your Ability to Obtain Veteran Benefits?
on practically every veteran's DD-214 discharge papers are secret code
letters and numbers called Separation Program Numbers (SPN numbers) that
might make obtaining veterans benefits difficult if not impossible.
Here are these secret numeric codes that may make a difference in your
future. (Beware 480)
Alphabetic SPN codes can be found here:
Military Numeric Separation Codes
These codes are contained in your military records and may be annotated
on various military separation documents. These codes are subject to change,
and the Department of Defense will no longer allow the military services
to release the meanings of these codes to the general public.
The below definitions were obtained before this prohibition went into
201 - Enlisted Personnel - Expiration of term of service (includes personnel
on ADT as initial trainees).
21L - Enlisted Personnel - Separation for good & sufficient reason when
determined by secretarial authority.
21T - Enlisted Personnel - Release of REP 63 trainees due to emergency
conditions. (Does not apply to active duty.)
21U - Separation for failure to demonstrate adequate potential for promotion.
202 - Expiration of term of enlistment.
203 - Expiration of term of active obligation service
205 - Release from active & transferred to reserve.
209 - Release from Active Duty within 3 mos of expiration of USN service.
212 - Honorable wartime service subsequent to desertion.
213 - Discharge for retirement as an officer.
214 - To accept commission as an officer in the Army, or to accept recall
to active duty as an Army Reserve officer
215 - To accept appointment as warrant officer in the Army or to accept
recall to active duty as Army Reserve warrant officer.
217 - To accept commission or appointment in the Armed Forces of the United
States (other than Army).
219 - Erroneous induction.
220 - Marriage, female only.
221 - Pregnancy.
222 - Parenthood
225 - Minority.
226 - Dependency.
227 - Hardship.
239 - Surviving family members
230 - Retirement after 20 years but less than 30 years active federal
231 - Retirement after 30 years active federal service.
238 - Service retirement in lieu of other administrative action.
240 - Unconditional resignation of enlisted personnel serving on unspecified
241 - Resignation of enlisted personnel on unspecified enlistment in lieu
of resignation for misconduct or inefficiency.
242 - Resignation of enlisted personnel on unspecified enlistment for
the good of the service.
243 - Resignation of enlisted personnel on unspecified enlistment in lieu
of board of action when based on unfitness.
241 - Resignation of enlisted personnel on unspecified enlistment in lieu
of board action when based on unsuitability.
245 - Resignation of enlisted personnel on unspecified enlistment in lieu
of separation for disloyalty or subversion.
246 - ischarge for the good of the service.
247 - Unsuitability, multiple reasons.
248 - Unsuitability.
258 - Unfitness, multiple reasons
251 - Punitive discharge. Class I homosexual - general court martial
252 - Punitive discharge. Class I homosexual - general court martial
253 - Homosexual - board action
255 - Punitive discharge. Class II homosexual - general court martial
256 - Homosexual, acceptance of discharge in liey of board action
257 - Unfitness, homosexual acts
258 - Unfitness, ineptitude
260 - Unsuitability, ineptitude
261 - Psychiatric or psychoneurotic disorder.
262 - Behavioral disorder, Bedwetter
263 - Bedwetter
264 - Unsuitability, character and behavioral disorders
265 - Unsuitability, character disorder
270 - Placed on temporary disability retired list
271 - ermanently retired by reason of physical disability
273 - Physical disability with entitlement to receive severance pay.
274 - Physical disability resulting from international misconduct or willful
neglect or incurred during period of unauthorized absence. Not entitled
to severance pay.
276 - Released from EAD & revert to retired list prior to ETS.
277 - Physical disability, EPTS, established by medical board. Discharged
by reason of physical disability upon application by individual. Not entitled
to severance pay.
278 - Physical disability, EPTS, established by physical evaluation board
proceedings. Not entitled to severance pay
279 - Release from EAD & revert to retired list at ETS
28B - Unfitness, frequent involvement in incidents of a discreditable
nature with civil or military authorities.
28G - Unfitness, 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
280 - Misconduct/fraudulent entry into the Army.
282 - Misconduct/prolonged unauthorized absence for more than 1 year desertion.
283 - Misconduct/AWOL trial waived or deemed inadvisable.
284 - Misconduct/convicted or adjudged a juvenile offender by a civil
court during current term of active military service.
285 - Initially adjudged a juvenile offender by a civil court during current
term of active military service. Rescinded.
290 - Desertion (court martial).
293 - Other than desertion (court martial).
293 - General court martial.
294 - Special court martial.
311 - Alien without legal residence in the United States.
312 - Separation 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.
313 - To immediately enlist or reenlist
314 - Importance to national health, safety or interest
316 - Release, lack of jurisdiction.
318 - Conscientious objection.
319 - Erroneous enlistment
320 - To accept employment law enforcement agency.
333 - Discharge of Cuban volunteers upon completion of specified training.
344 - Release of Cuban volunteers upon completion of specified training.
367 - Aggressive reaction.
370 - Released 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.
375 - Discharge because of not meeting medical fitness standards at time
376 - Release from military Control (void Inductions) because of not meeting
medical fitness standards at time of induction.
377 - Non - fulfillment of enlistment commitment.
38A - Desertion/trial deemed inadvisable (WW2) Rescinded.
38B - Desertion/trial deemed inadvisable (peacetime desertion) Rescinded.
38C - Desertion/trial deemed inadvisable (Korean War). Rescinded
380 - Desertion/trial barred by 10 USC Section 834 (Art 34 UCMJ). Rescinded.
351 - Desertion/trial deemed inadvisable (Spanish - American War/ WWII>.
383 - Criminalism.
41A - Apathy, lack of interest
41C - To accept a teaching position.
41D - Discharge 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
41E - Obesity.
411 - Early separation of overseas returnee
412 - Enlisted members of medical holding detachments or units who, upon
completion of hospitalization, do not intend to immediately enlist or
reenlistment in the regular Army
413 - To enter or return to college, university, or equivalent institution.
414 - To accept or return to employment of a seasonal nature
415 - Early release of inductees who have served on active duty prior
their present tour of duty
416 - Physical disqualification for duty in MOS
418 - Discharge of enlisted personnel bn unspecified enlistment who complete
30 years active federal service & do not submit application for retirement.
419 - Discharge 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
420 - Discharge or release of individuals with less than 3 months remaining
to serve who fail to continue as students (academic failure) at service
421 - Early release at Christmas will be issued as appropriate by Army
& has been Included in separation edit table. Rescinded.
422 - Early release at original ETS of enlisted personnel who have executed
a voluntary extension. Rescinded.
423 - Early release after original ETS of personnel serving on voluntary
424 - Separation at ETS after completing a period of voluntary extension.
425 - Discharge (Inductees) to enlist ar Warrant Officer Flight Training.
426 - Discharge (inductees) to enlist to attend critical MOS school.
427 - Discharge (inductees) to enlist for Officer Candidate School.
420 - Discharge for failure to complete Officer Candidate. School
429 - Discharged because of not meeting medical fitness standards for
430 - Early separation of personnel denied reenlistment under Qualitative
431 - Reduction in authorized strength.
432 - Early release to serve 1 year in an ARNG or USAR unit 433 - Involuntary
release of personnel on compassionate assignment
434 - Early release of AUS & first team RA Personnel - phase down release
programs (Early - out from V'nam.)
436 - Reduction In strength a USASA option/First Team.
437 - AUS, RA First Team, exempted from 90 day suspension of Early Release
Program for reasons for intolerable personal problems.
440 - Separation for concealment of serious arrest record.
46A - Unsuitability, apathy, defective attitudes & inability to extend
46B Sexual deviate
46C - Apathy/obesity
460 - Emotional instability reaction.
461 - Inadequate personality
463 - Paranoid personality
464 - Schizoid personality
469 - Unsuitability.
480 - Personality disorder.
482 - Desertion/trial barred by 10, USC, Sec. 843 (Art 43 UCMJ) Rescinded.
488 - Unsuitability (general discharge separation).
489 - Military Personnel Security Program (disloyal or subversive)
500 - Resignation - hardship.
501 - Resignation - national health, safety, or interest
502 - Resignation - completion of required service.
503 - Resignation - enlistment in the regular Army - regular officer.
504 - Resignation - withdrawal of ecclesiastical endorsement
505 - Resignation - serving under a suspended sentence or dismissal.
508 - Resignation - to attend school.
510 - Resignation - Interest of national security (in lieu of elimination).
51B - Resignation - In lieu of elimination because of unfitness or unacceptable
522 - Resignation in lieu of elimination because of conduct triable by
court martial or in lieu thereof.
524 - Resignation - unqualified other miscellaneous reasons
528 - Resignation - marriage.
529 - Resignation - pregnancy.
530 - Resignation - parenthood (minor children)
536 - Voluntary discharge substandard performance of duty.
539 - Voluntary discharge - termination of RA or AUS warrant to retire
545 - Voluntary discharge - failure of selection for permanent promotion
546 - Involuntary discharge a failure of selection for permanent promotion
550 - Involuntary discharge - reasons as specified by HDQA
551 - Involuntary discharge - administrative discharge GCM
554 - Dismissal - General court martial.
555 - Involuntary discharge - failure to complete basic, Company officer
ar associate company officer course - USAR officers.
556 - Failure to complete basic, company officer or associate company
officer course - ARNGUS officers.
558 - Voluntary discharge - conscientious objection.
586 - Involuntary discharge - for reasons involving board action or in
lieu thereof (homosexuality),
588 - Involuntary discharge - reasons involving board action, or in lieu
thereof - unfitness or unacceptable conduct
589 - Voluntary discharge - reasons involving board action or in lieu
thereof, due to substandard performance of duty.
590 - Involuntary discharge - interest of national security.
595 - Involuntary discharge pregnancy 596 - Involuntary discharge - parenthood
597 - Voluntary discharge - administrative
599 - Voluntary REFRAD - lack of jurisdiction.
600 - Voluntary REFRAD - to enlist an regular Army.
601 - Voluntary REFRAD - to enlist in regular Army for purpose of retirement
602 - Voluntary REFRAD - national health, safety, or interest
603 - Involuntary REFRAD - due to disapproval of request for extension
604 - Voluntary REFRAD - hardship
606 - Voluntary REFRAD - dual status officer to revert to regular Warrant
609 - Voluntary REFRAD - to attend school or accept a teaching position.
610 - Voluntary REFRAD - marriage.
611 - Voluntary REFRAD - expiration of the duty commitment voluntarily
serving on active duty.
612 - Voluntary REFRAD - expiration active duty commitment involuntary
serving on active duty.
616 - Voluntary REFRAD - selection for entrance to a service academy.
618 - Voluntary REFRAD - In lieu of serving in lower grade than reserve
619 - Voluntary REFRAD - by request includes MC & DC officers
620 - Voluntary REFRAD - interde part mental transfer of other than medical
621 - Voluntary REFRAD - in lieu of unqualified resignation.
623 - Voluntary REFRAD - interdepartmental transfer of medical officers
624 - Voluntary REFRAD - release from ADT to enter on 24 months active
625 - Voluntary REFRAD - annual screening, voluntary release prior to
90th day subsequent to receipt of notifi - cation.
627 - Involuntary REFRAD - maximum age.
631 - Involuntary REFRAD - failure of selector for permanent reserve promotion
632 - Involuntary REFRAD - failure of selection for permanent reserve
promotion (commission retained).
633 - Involuntary REFRAD - failures of selection for promotion, temporary
640 - Involuntary REFRAD - commissioned officer under sentence of dismissal
& warrant officer discharge awaiting appellate review.
644 - Voluntary & Involuntary REFRAD - convenience of government or as
specified by Secretary of the Army
645 - Involuntary REFRAD - annual screening, release on 90th day subsequent
to receipt of notification.
646 - Involuntary REFRAD - maximum service, warrant officers.
647 - Involuntary REFRAD - maximum service, commissioned officers
648 - Involuntary REFRAD - completion of prescribed years of service.
649 - Involuntary REFRAD - withdrawal of ecclesiastical endorsement
650 - Involuntary REFRAD - physically disqualified upon order to active
651 - Involuntary REFRAD - release of reserve unit & return to reserve
652 - Involuntary REFRAD a release of unit of NG or NG(US) & return to
655 - Involuntary REFRAD - revert to retired list, not by reason of physical
657 - Involuntary 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.
660 - Physical disability discharge - entitlement to severance pay.
661 - Physical 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.
662 - Physical disability discharge - EPTS, established by physical evaluation
board. Not entitled to disability severance pay.
668 - Dropped from rolls - AWOL conviction & confinement by civil authorities.
669 - Dropped from rolls - AWOL desertion.
672 - Involuntary REFRAD - medical service personnel who receive unfavorable
background investigation and/or National Agency Check
681 - Voluntary REFRAD - to accept employment with a legally established
law enforcement agency
685 - Resignation - failure to meet medical fitness standards at time
686 - Involuntary discharge - failure to resign under Chapter 16 - AR
535 - 120. when determined to be in the best interest of the government
and the individual
689 - Voluntary REFRAD - reduction in strength, voluntary release prior
to 90th day subsequent to receipt of notification
690 - Involuntary REFRAD - reduction in strength. release on 90th day
subsequent to receipt of notification. 70A - mandatory retirement - 35
years service/five years In grade. Regular army major general. 70B - Mandatory
retirement - age 62, regular army major general. 70C - Mandatory retirement
60, regular Army mayor general whose retirement has been deferred.
70D - Mandatory retirement - age 64, regular Army major general whose
retirement has been deferred & each permanent professor and the registrar
of the US Military Academy.
70E - Mandatory retirement - 30 years service/five years in grade, regular
army brigadier general.
70F - Mandatory retirement 30 years of service/five years In grade, regular
70G - Mandatory retirement - 28 years service. Regular Lt. Colonels.
70J - Mandatory retirement - age 60, regular commissioned officer below
70K - Mandatory retirement - more than 30 years active service, professors
US military Academy.
70L - mandatory retirement - 30 years of more active service, regular
70M - Mandatory retirement - age 62 regular warrant officers
701 - Enlisted separation - early release of personnel assigned to installations
or units scheduled for inactivation, permanent change of station, or demobilization.
741 - Mandatory retirement - failure of selection for promotion, established
retirement date, commissioned officer.
742 - Mandatory retirement - failure of selection for promotion, estab'd
retirement date. warrant officer.
743 - Enlisted separation - early release of personnel from release of
unit of the ARNG or the ARNGUS from active federal service & return to
744 - Mandatory retirement - failure of selection for promotion, early
retirement date, commissioned officer
745 - Mandatory retirement - failure of selection for promotion. early
retirement date, warrant officers.
747 - Mandatory retirement - failure of selection for promotion, retained
for retirement, commissioned officers.
748 - Mandatory retirement - failure of selection for promotion, retained
for retirement, warrant officer
749 - Enlisted separation - early release of Puerto Rican personnel who
will to qualify for training.
753 - Enlisted separation - early release of reserve personnel upon release
of reserve units
764 - Enlisted separation - release of REP 63 trainees upon completion
of MOS training.
77E - Mandatory retirement - surplus In grade after 30 years service.
Removal from acting list (regular Army).
77J - Voluntary retirement - placement on retired list at age 60.
77M - Mandatory retirement - permanent retirement by reason by physical
77N - Mandatory retirement - paced on temporary mandatory solemnity retired
77P - Voluntary retirement in lieu of or as a result of elimination board
proceedings. Regular Army & reserve commissioned officers and Warrant
77C - andatory retirement - temporary disability retirement in lieu of
or as a result of elimination proceedings.
77R - Mandatory retirement - permanent disability retirement in lieu of
or as a result or elimination proceedings.
77S - Voluntary retirement a regular Army & reserve commissioned officers
77T - Voluntary retirement - regular Army and reserve warrant officer.
77U - Voluntary retirement - regular Army commissioned officers with 30
or more years of service.
77V - Voluntary retirement - enlisted personnel, voluntarily retired as
77W - Voluntary retirement - enlisted personnel, voluntarily retired as
a warrant officer.
77X - Voluntary retirement a warrant officer voluntarily retired as a
77Y - Mandatory retirement - retirement a director of music, USMA, as
the President may direct
77Z - Mandatory retirement - regular Army commissioned officers with World
War 1 service.
771 - Mandatory retirement - commissioned officers, unfitness or substandard
performance of duty.
772 - Mandatory retirement - warrant officers, unfitness or sub - standard
performance of duty.
78A - Mandatory retirement - formerly retired other than for disability
who while on active duty incurred a disability of at least 30%.
78B - Mandatory retirement a formerly retired for disability who where
on active duty suffered aggravation of disability for which he was formerly
79A - Voluntary REFRAD - as USAR warrant officer (aviator) to accept USAR
commission (aviator) with concurrent active duty.
79B - Resignation - as RA a WO (aviator) to accept USAR commission (aviator)
with concurrent active duty.
941 - Dropped from rolls (as deserter).
942 - Dropped from rolls (as military prisoner).
943 - Dropped From rolls (as missing or captured).
944 - Battle casualty.
945 - Death (non - battle - resulting from disease).
940 - Death (non - battle - resulting From other than disease).
947 - (Current term of service voided as fraudulent enlisted, while AWOL
from prior service.
94B - To enter US military Academy.
949 - To enter any area of the service academies (other than USMA).
971 - Erroneously reported as returned from dropped from rolls as a deserter
(previously reports under transaction GA).
972 - Erroneously reported as restored to duty from dropped from rolls
of military prisoner previously reported under transaction code GB).
973 - Erroneously reported as returned from dropped from rolls or missing
or captured (previously reported under transaction code GC).
976 - Minority. Void enlistment or induction - enlisted personnel.
Alphbetic SPN Codes can be found here: