1 Reply Latest reply on Mar 29, 2019 1:24 PM by Rebecca Collier

    Clarification regarding length of discharge papers


      Am looking for some clarification regarding discharge paper(s).  Have come across mention on different websites of veterans discharge papers being multiple pages, possibly as many as 4 pages in length. Have relatives discharge on form WD AGO Form 53-55-1 Nov. 1944 & it "appears" to consist of one page only. He was discharged Jan. '46. Have searched online for this answer with no clear results. Am trying to determine if the one page I have is the complete discharge paperwork or was a discharge from this era a multi- page document?

        • Re: Clarification regarding length of discharge papers
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Nelson,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          According to the National Personnel Records Center’s explanation about Discharge Papers at https://www.archives.gov/personnel-records-center/dd-214, the information shown on the Report of Separation may include the service member's:


          • Date and place of entry into active duty
          • Home address at the time of entry
          • Date and place of release from active duty
          • Home address after separation
          • Last duty assignment and rank
          • Military job specialty
          • Military education
          • Decorations, medals, badges, citations and campaign awards received
          • Total creditable service
          • Foreign service credited
          • Separation information (date and type of separation, character of service, authority and reason for separation and separation and reenlistment eligibility codes)


          The report of separation form issued in most recent years is the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Before January 1, 1950, several similar forms were used by the military services, including the WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD and the NAVCG 553.


          If the Separation/Discharge papers include the information listed above or spaces on the form for the information, you probably have a complete form. The number of pages may depend on how long someone was in the service, awards earned, and changes in duty stations and/or units, etc.


          We hope this explanation is helpful. For additional information, please contact NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002.