Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Types of Military Discharge

  • Racine BrownEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9224


End of active service; Reintegration


Military discharge refers to an official release from military service. In the United States, a military discharge entails two phases. The first phase is End of Active Service (EAS), wherein a service member is released from permanent active duty. The service member may elect to join an established National Guard or Reserve unit or the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR). While members of National Guard and Reserve units are required to report for regularly scheduled training exercises and may be deployed with said unit, members of the IRR are simply required to keep their contact information current and may be joined to an existing unit and deployed with that unit based on military necessity. Either type reserve capacity lasts until the stated term of service is concluded for enlisted personnel or until the service member resigns his or her commission for commissioned officers.

The second phase of military discharge is a permanent...
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References and Readings

  1. Newman, L.(2010). Types of military discharge. VA Benefits Blog. Retrieved from https://vabenefitblog.com/types-of-military-discharge/.
  2. Veterans Benefits Administration. (2017). Applying for benefits and your character of discharge. Retrieved from http://www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/character_of_discharge.asp.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center of Innovation on Disability and Rehabilitation ResearchJames A. Haley Veterans’ HospitalTampaUSA