13 memes showing how it feels to get your DD-214

For the uninitiated, the DD-214 is the Department of Defense form issued when a military service member retires, separates, or is otherwise discharged from active-duty service.

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Sometimes the wait seems like forever.

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When it’s so close to your hands, some units try to convince you to reenlist.

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But you’ve done your job and it’s time to move on.

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You might “drop your pack” a little while waiting for that day.

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You’ll never forget the day you first lay eyes on it …

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… Looking at that glorious golden ticket.

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And then you become a civilian, which comes with its own set of problems.

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Not everyone handles it well.

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But you won’t be deterred:

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But even so, this is true for all branches:

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