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Cecilia Willis
Clerk of Superior Court, Decatur County Georgia
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 Military Discharge Records

Military Discharge Records are those documents issued upon the discharge of members of the armed services from military service. Records eligible for recording are the Discharge Certificate, copy 4 of the DD Form 214, any copy of DD Form 214 with a raised seal, or the United States National Archives Form 10308. OCGA 15-6-72(a) There is no fee for recording Military Discharge Records. OCGA 15-6-78(a).

Military Discharge Records are not subject to the open records act for a period of 50 years from the date of filing. Upon presentation of proper identification only the following persons shall have access to the records during the 50 year period: OCGA 15-6-72(c)

1. The person who is the subject of the record;
2. The spouse or next of kin of the person who is the subject of the record;
3. A person named in an appropriate power of attorney executed by the person who is the subject of the record;
4. The administrator, executor, guardian, or legal representative of the person who is the subject of the record; or
5. An attorney for any person specified in subparagraphs (A) through (D) of this paragraph.

A fee shall not be charged for providing copies or certified copies of DD214's to those persons authorized to receive such copies. OCGA 15-6-72(c)(2).

Military Discharge Records may be filed in the county of residence of the discharged military member. OCGA 15-6-72(a).

In order to be filed the record must be one or more of the following: OCGA 15-6-72(a)
1.  An original military discharge certificate.
2.  A copy 4 of DD Form 214 issued by the United States Government.
3.  Any copy of DD Form 214 with a raised seal issued by the United States national Personnel Records Center.
4.  A United States National Archives Form 13038.