The appearance of my old name on my DD 214 is an injustice because it discloses my transgender status every time I show my DD 214.This is an injustice due to the social stigma and discrimination that transgender people face.NCTE continues to seek this guidance from the Defense Department. This disclosure can be considered an injustice, and is the basis for your request to update your name on the DD214.
About Michelle Tan Michelle Tan is the editor of Army Times and Air Force Times.
She has covered the military for Military Times since 2005, and has embedded with U. troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Haiti, Gabon and the Horn of Africa.
Fortunately, it is now easier to update these records. The form DD214 does not list gender, but it does list your name.
Currently there is no publicly available guidance from the Department of Defense on how to update your information in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and on the DD214 Military Discharge Record. While for most non-transgender people a service record showing a former name does not communicate any sensitive information, for transgender people disclosure of the former name can be equivalent to disclosure of transgender status.
The DD149 form gives you the opportunity to make a case for why having a prior name on your military record is an injustice for you.
You should personalize your responses on the DD149 form according to your situation.The Army is calling on all soldiers to update their financial records to ensure they receive the proper pays and benefits they deserve.This includes Basic Allowance for Housing, which can change based on whether a soldier has dependents."It's starting to become an issue," said JD Riley, deputy chief of compensation and entitlements in the Army G-1 (personnel)."Our concern is there's going to come a point where if we can't support the payments, we have to turn off the payments.I was not previously aware that it was possible to remedy this injustice, and I request correction of my record so I will not continue to have to reveal my transgender status every time I show my DD214.