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Military Service Reenlistment Codes

Reenlistment Code (RE-CODE) Chart

Blocks 24, 26, and 27 of the "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" (DD Form 214) provides the characterization of service (type of discharge), separation code, and reenlistment code.

Normally awarded for misconduct, an Other Than Honorable (OTH), Bad Conduct (BCD), or Dishonorable Discharge would render one ineligible for reenlistment.

An Entry Level Separation would normally be given to an individual who failed to complete an initial period of 180 days of active service; some members may receive an "N/A" where the re-code would normally reside. An "N/A" re-code would require waiver consideration by the Commander, Navy Recruiting Command for reenlistment.

Required ASVAB Scores. Navy Veterans (NAVETs) accessing directly into their previous rating are not required to retake the ASVAB. NAVETs reenlisting via PRISE III shall be classified into eligible ratings based on current (less than two years old) ASVAB test line scores.

Other Service Veterans (OSVETs) must retake the ASVAB and be classified in eligible ratings based on ASVAB line scores. There is no minimum AFQT requirement for NAVET/OSVET applicants.

Military Re-Code Navy Reenlistment Eligibility Chart

For reenlistment eligibility into the Navy only. For example, a discharge code from the Army of RE-2C would be eligible w/o a waiver; whereas an RE-2C from the Air Force would not be eligible for waiver consideration whatsoever.

Military Re-Code Reenlistment Eligibility Chart
NAVY & USCGRE-1, RE-R1, RE-1E, RE-1J, RE-5, RE-7
AIR FORCERE-1, 1J, 1M, 1P, 1Q, 1T, 3A, 3B, 3C, 3D, 3E, 3I, 3K, 6B, RE-12, 13, 14
ARMYRE-1, RE-1C, RE-1A, RE-1B, RE-1J, RE-2, RE-2A, RE-2B, RE-2C, RE-3A
NAVY & USCGRE-2*, RE-3, RE-3B, RE-3E, RE-3F, RE-3G, RE-3H, RE-3J, RE-3K, RE-3M, RE-3P, RE-3Q, RE-3R, RE-3S, RE-3U, RE-3X, RE-3Y, RE-3Z, RE-6, RE-8
AIR FORCERE-1A, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E, 4F, 4G, 4H,4I, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4M, 4N
MARINE CORPSRE-3B, RE-3C, RE-3D, RE-3E, RE-3F, RE-3G, RE-3H, RE-3J, RE-3M, RE-3N, RE-3P, RE-3R, RE-3S, RE-3U, RE-3W
NAVY & USCGRE-2, RE-3A, RE-3C, RE-4 (Note 1)
AIR FORCE RE-2A, 2B, 2C, 2D, 2E, 2F, 2G, 2H, 2I, 2J, 2K, 2L, 2M, 2N, 2P, 2Q, 2R, 2S, 2T, 2U, 2V, 2W, 2X, 3S, 3V, RE-4(Note 1)
ARMYRE-3C, RE-4(Note 1), RE-4A, RE-4R
MARINE CORPSRE-2, RE-2B, RE-2C, RE-3A, RE-3S, RE-4(Note 1), RE-4B

*Only for personnel released for commissioning and subsequently fail to commission.

The Navy Reenlistment Code Definitions

Recommended for preferred reenlistment.
Eligible for reenlistment.
Eligible for reenlistment, but not reenlisted due to Perform to Serve (PTS) regulations.
Ineligible for reenlistment due to one of the following: the member transferred to the Fleet Reserve; member retired (not to include Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL)); or member received an officer commission or advanced to warrant officer.
Otherwise eligible for reenlistment except for disqualifying factor.
  • RE-3A: Alien. Discharged per MILPERSMAN 1910-127.
  • RE-3B: Parenthood, pregnancy/childbirth.
  • RE-3C: Conscientious objector.
  • RE-3E: Inducted, enlisted, extended, or reenlisted in error.
  • RE-3F: Failed the physical fitness assessment (PFA).
  • RE-3G: Condition (not physical disability) interfering with the performance of duty.
  • RE-3H: Hardship or dependency.
  • RE-3J: Failed entry level drug test, not drug dependent.
  • RE-3K: Disenrolled from Naval Academy or other officer program.
  • RE-3M: Ineligible for reenlistment in current rating (Navy Occupational Specialty).
  • RE-3P: Physical disability (includes discharge and transfer to TDRL).
  • RE-3Q: Disqualified for officer candidate training (not physically qualified for appointment as an officer in the naval service).
  • RE-3R: Not meeting the professional growth criteria outlined in MILPERSMAN 1160-030.
  • RE-3S: Surviving family member.
  • RE-3U: Minority age.
  • RE-3X: Non-swimmer.
  • RE-3Y: Received Voluntary Separation Incentive (VSI).
  • RE-3Z: Received Special Separation Benefit (SSB).
Ineligible for reenlistment.
Note 1: Prior service applicants issued a Reenlistment code of RE-4 (or equivalent) upon separation, solely for homosexual conduct may be eligible for re-enlistment/enlistment. (Note: Member's record must be reviewed to assure the sole supported reason for processing was for Homosexual Act(s), Conduct, or Marriage). The following applies:
  1. Eligibility Requirements.
    • Applicant's prior service DD 214 (most recent) must reflect a narrative reason of Homosexual Act, Homosexual Conduct, or Homosexual Marriage in block 28.
    • One of the following Separation Codes (SPD) must be in block 26: GRA, GRB, GRC, HRA, HRB, or HRC.
    • Character of Service must be Honorable (no other misconduct was a basis for their discharge).
  2. Processing Procedures.
    • Prior service applicants that meet the eligibility criteria listed in item one of this note may be accepted for further processing. All prior service applications accepted for enlistment/reenlistment with an RE-4 (or equivalent) due to homosexual conduct will be processed as any RE-code listed in the chart above labeled "Eligible to Enlist" with just an enlistment eligibility (rate and pay grade) determination (not an RE-Code waiver).
USNR-R released after serving 90 or more days of Active Duty for Training (ADT). Returned to Reserve unit/activity without reenlistment eligibility being determined.
Ineligible or denied reenlistment due to High Year Tenure (HYT).
Completing the initial 2-year active duty obligation under the 2x8 Navy Reserve Program.
Temporary medical conditions or unsatisfactory initial performance and conduct (available to recruits assigned to Recruit Training Command for initial training only).

Obtaining Your DD Form 214

A certified copy of DD Form 214 can be obtained from the National Personnel Records Center (NRPC), St. Louis, MO. The following website is provided for applying on the Internet: Military Records. If the NPRC indicates that the DD Form 214 has not been issued or is not on file, an acceptable alternative is a Statement of Service (NA Form 13041), Active Duty Report (DD Form 220), or Administrative Remarks page from the detaching activity delineating information pertinent to reenlistment (prior pay grade, total active duty service, date of discharge or release from active duty, character of service, etc.).

BUPERSINST 1900.8 provides the guidelines for completing the DD 214 and the reenlistment codes used by the Navy.

Date Page Published: February 19, 2004.
Date Page Modified: November 27, 2016.
Date Page Last Reviewed: November 27, 2016.

References used are COMNAVCRUITCOMINST 1130.8K and BUPERSINST 1900.8D (Change 2). The enlistment re-code chart is for establishing eligibility into the active component of the US Navy and are subject to change without notice. Check with your local Navy Recruiter.

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