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#1 Tbird


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Posted 26 October 2013 - 05:27 PM

Introduction to Spin Codes
Even on an Honorable discharge, a "Spin Code" (SPN - Separation Program Number) can hurt a veteran's chance of being hired by a prospective employer.  These spin codes were put on DD 214 (discharge papers) from the 1940's through the early 1970's. Veterans can request a new DD 214 with the spin codes removed.
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Posted 27 October 2013 - 12:51 AM

Way back in the olden days, this was about the early seventies, I watched  a TV program called '60 Minutes'. This program exposed the Spn codes on the DD214. And I found out later that my code was for early release from the military to go to school.


I wrote my congressman, Ronald 'Bo' Ginn (d) Georgia. His staff got the Spn Code cleared - allegedly, and I was given a new DD 214. This was also the brief period I worked in the government. Funny thing, all the copies I ever get from the VA records always show the Spn Code. I figured some staffer just zipped through the line place on the DD 214 and sent me the changed copy.  Ginn later went to jail for bank loans that went bad on him. http://www.washingto...6-2005Jan7.html


Today I live in Congressman Marchant's district in Texas. He now ranks 10th overall in congressional wealth.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 12:17 AM

I ran into the "spin code" bit when applying for my first job after military service in 1969. Fortunately, I was in the navy, not the army.

As a result, the DD-214 stated the reason as "reduction in force", per some navy reg. That went back to an overall reduction of the reserves on active duty

directive, and had no other implications. I did note that the spin code lists in the possession of the prospective employer were conflicting, in that at different times

the same spin code might be reused, and change from a favorable to an unfavorable code, or the other way around. Codes were used by more than the army, and

may mean different things in different services.

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 08:05 AM

I had a honorable discharge via a discharge review. However, they left the personality disorder spin code on my DD214. Maybe that is why I did not get a federal job that I applied for after college. I will never know, since federal government hiring process is so corrupt. Many of these federal offices are filled with buddies and relatives who get tipped off about openings. I got offered an interview for an ATF officer chasing moonshiners and another job as a VA counselor. I was qualified for both positions. No job and I will never know why except maybe spin code.

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