A military discharge is granted when a military service-member is released from their duty. Each country’s military has various types of military discharges. Most of them are based on if a service member’s obligations were completed in a satisfactory way. In the United States, a service member can obtain an Honorable discharge by receiving a rating between good and excellent for their service. If a service member’s execution is acceptable, but the person failed to meet all the standards of conduct for military individuals, the member can receive a General discharge. An Other than Honorable discharge usually results when a service member is convicted by a civilian court. Bad Conduct and Dishonorable discharge are the results of military court martial proceedings and result from serious crimes such as desertion, treason, or murder and can result in incarceration in a military prison prior to the discharge.
Kevin Lonergan. “Service Discharges; DD Form 214 Explained.” U.S. Army. Accessed November 2, 2018, https://www.army.mil/article/73343/