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3 Common Navy Separation Codes Broken Down

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Journeying into the civilian world is exciting but it can also be confusing and stressful at times. There are so many things to keep track of. It can be difficult to pay attention to all the logistical details when there are big identity, location, and career changes going on at the same time.

To put things together and keep them organized, we’ve collected the three common codes used when a service member leaves the navy. There are hundreds of separation codes but these three are the three you’re the most likely to run into.

Usually, these navy separation codes can be found in box 26 on a sailor’s DD-214 form.


KBK is one of the most common of all separation codes among sailors. It stands for “normal separation of service.” It states that a sailor has completed their contract.

It is often followed by a reenlistment code such as Re-1 or Re-2 in box 27 on the DD-214. Re-1 informs the military the sailor can reenlist in the future while Re-2 states the sailor may reenlist but stipulations may apply. 


This separation code means the sailor is required to separate from the Navy due to his or her physical condition. When separating with this code, a sailor is in a physical condition that is not disabling but is not to the Navy’s standard. It’s usually followed by a Re-3, which means the sailor is not eligible to reenlist without receiving a waiver.


JFY codes are given to sailors who have an adjustment disorder. Its often used for sailors who get seasick and cannot overcome the seasickness.

And those are the most common codes for sailors leaving the Navy! If you’re looking to move into the next phase of your career in the civilian sector, make sure you plan everything out and avoid making a rash decision so that doors are still left open for you on your way to your bigger future.

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