GI Rights Hotline

Military Discharges and Military Counseling

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Documentation is likely to make or break a case. The request for discharge will be reviewed by military officials who don’t know your family’s situation. The decision of whether to grant discharge will be based on the information supplied by you; because of this, the application must be as clear, factual, and complete as possible. If both dependency and hardship conditions exist, make clear the severity of both the hardship and dependency conditions. You can ask the Red Cross office for your base to help gather documentation for your application.

The regulations of each Service specific information on the documentation they require. Those regulations also require the command to inform you of the correct procedures to follow and often ask that the command assist you in gathering and preparing documentation. The documentation generally required by all the Services is outlined below.

The most important documentation is your statement, which should include:

  • A complete and specific description of the hardship or dependency using names, dates, and places. Include a history of the problem, if any.
  • A specific description of what action has been taken to solve the problem.
  • A description of specifically how you expect to improve or resolve the hardship or dependency if request for separation is approved.

You must also provide the:

  • Names, addresses, and ages of you and your family.
  • Names, addresses, and ages of other immediate family members.
  • Dates of any previous requests for emergency leave, humanitarian reassignment, or hardship discharge.