Separation (United States military)
In the U.S. armed forces, separation means that a person is leaving active duty, but not necessarily leaving the service entirely. Separation typically occurs when someone reaches the date of their Expiration of Term of Service (ETS) and are released from active duty, but still must complete their military reserve obligations. Upon separation, they receive form DD214, which indicates their former and future status.
- "DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty". www.ngams.org. Retrieved September 1, 2019.