Posted on Jan 13, 2015
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I received 3 different DD214s in the course of my career. I am currently in the Reserve and can still access HRC but the only copies there are the "service-2" copies. What's the big deal about the member copy 4 anyway? A civilian employer is asking for it specifically.
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SFC Aaron Finley
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All Veterans should get registered...

Go to https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal

You will need a Premium Account
After you log in.
Click on My Personal Dashboard. (Scroll to bottom of page)
Click on Request Official Military Personnel File (Left-hand Column)
The next page will be DPRIS
Click on (Request Your OMPF Information).
Click ACCEPT on next page. (A Consent Form)
Next page verify your information
Select DD214 and/or any other document you would like of yours.
Submit... Allow at-least 48hrs.
Then when you're ready to retrieve the document/s follow the same steps, but when you get to DPRIS this time you will select
Click on (View Your Retrieved OMPF Information). Here you can view & print.
The document/s will only stay there for 14 days then automatically purge themselves.

If you need help registering for a eBenefits account call ( [login to see] eBenefits Help Desk) and one of our agents will walk you through the process.


DD214 Differences
The Member4 copy has and extra box on the bottom front that is the "Special Edition Information" that states Type of Separation ie Retirement; Character of Service, ie Honorable; Narrative Reason for Separation, ie Sufficient Service for Retirement, a Separation Code, and other info.
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LCDR Jt Greeno
LCDR Jt Greeno
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None of the links provided, including those in the Comments, resulted in obtaining my DD-214. Some just reported my records were not available, others directed me to use Form SF 180. I Separated in 1981, and only received the top copy of my DD-214 (MEMBER-1). I have been trying to get the MEMBER-4 copy for the past 10 YEARS, and so far, no success.
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SFC Chris Justus
SFC Chris Justus
11 mo
I just tried this process. In less than an hour I had my DD214 Member Copy 2 which shows the type of discharge. Thank you SFC Finley and RallyPoint! V/R, SFC (Ret) Chris Justus
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CPT Alex Lamb
CPT Alex Lamb
6 mo
The Member-4 is only ever given out once, when you initially discharge. If you lose it or it gets destroyed and you have no other copies that you yourself made, it is gone. Forever.
The VA, through EBenefits will provide you your Service-2 which is a legal replacement for the Member-4 and employers and the VA are legally obliged to accept it as well. This process takes legitimately 10 minutes if you're registered.
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PO3 Robert Gibson
PO3 Robert Gibson
5 mo
Currently being told I need my member 4 copy or I cannot get the job I am currently applying for. So I hope to God you are wrong.
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A member-4 copy is the original DD214 you received which includes your type of discharge (honorable, etc.) and re-enlistment code. This is what an employer usually asks for. A "member-1" copy does not have the type of discharge information, in case somebody just wants to validate service but not the details of the discharge.

A "service-2" DD214 is a copy, which as long as it has your full discharge info, it should be fine.

If you want to get a copy of your member-4 for some reason, you should be able to do so here:
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/
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SSG Brian Schiele
SSG Brian Schiele
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PV2 (Join to see) it should still take roughly four months to get doing it that way..
In about 30 days, you should get letter stating that your request has been received and it will more than likely say to expect to receive it in about 90 days...
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SFC Teresa Threatts
SFC Teresa Threatts
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I just sent off a request for my member copy 4 of my DD214. The representative on the phone told me that copy 4 only given out one time--and that's to the Veteran when he or she has separated. All that the NPRC only sends out copy 2---and as we know, copy 2 resembles copy 4. As long as the potential employer can see pertinent information such as the separation code as well as the reentry code. Who knows? It's all one big blur after a while. I just got off of the phone with them (NPRC).
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CPT Alex Lamb
CPT Alex Lamb
6 mo
Yes. Sir the only thing I would change out of anything you said is, instead of using the phrase "Should be fine", the service-2 IS a legal replacement and employers/VA reps are obliged to accept it.
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SGT Bertrand L Roberson
SGT Bertrand L Roberson
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SFC Teresa Threatts I got the same information. I was just offered a position with the VA and they require the member 4 copy, which I do not have and will never be able to get, so we'll see how things progress from here.
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SMSgt Minister Gerald A. "Doc" Thomas
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Check with the VA; you should be able to order one.
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PO1 Ben Dover
PO1 Ben Dover
10 mo
LOL the damn VA are the ones requesting it
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CPT Alex Lamb
CPT Alex Lamb
6 mo
The Member-4 is only ever given out once, when you initially discharge. If you lose it or it gets destroyed and you have no other copies that you yourself made, it is gone. Forever.
The VA, through EBenefits will provide you your Service-2 which is a legal replacement for the Member-4 and employers and the VA are legally obliged to accept it as well. This process takes legitimately 10 minutes if you're registered.
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PO3 Robert Gibson
PO3 Robert Gibson
5 mo
PO1 Ben Dover - The Navy is requesting mine, and I was in the Navy! Lol
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