C. PARTIAL STATEMENT OF EXISTING UNITED STATES LAWS
DD FORM 4/1 (BACK), JAN 2001
9. FOR ALL ENLISTEES OR REENLISTEES: Many laws,
regulations, and military customs will govern my conduct
and require me to do things a civilian does not have to
do. The following statements are not promises or
guarantees of any kind. They explain some of the
present laws affecting the Armed Forces which I cannot
change but which Congress can change at any time.
a. My enlistment is more than an employment
agreement. As a member of the Armed Forces of the
United States, I will be:
(1) Required to obey all lawful orders and perform all
(2) Subject to separation during or at the end of my
enlistment. If my behavior fails to meet acceptable
military standards, I may be discharged and given a
certificate for less than honorable service, which may
hurt my future job opportunities and my claim for
(3) Subject to the military justice system, which
means, among other things, that I may be tried by
(4) Required upon order to serve in combat or other
(5) Entitled to receive pay, allowances, and other
benefits as provided by law and regulation.
b. Laws and regulataions that govern military
personnel may change without notice to me. Such
changes may affect my status, pay, allowances,
benefits, and responsibilities as a member of the Armed
Forces REGARDLESS of the provisions of this
c. In the event of war, my enlistment in the Armed
Forces continues until six (6) months after the war ends,
unless my enlistment is ended sooner by the President of
the United States.
10. MILITARY SERVICE OBLIGATION FOR ALL
MEMBERS OF THE ACTIVE AND RESERVE COM-
PONENTS, INCLUDING THE NATIONAL GUARD.
a. FOR ALL ENLISTEES: If this is my initial en-
listment, I must serve a total of eight (8) years. Any part
of that service not served on active duty must be served
in a Reserve Component unless I am sooner discharged.
b. If I am a member of a Reserve Component of an
Armed Force at the beginning of a period of war or
national emergency declared by Congress, or if I become
a member during that period, my military service may be
extended without my consent until six (6) months after
the end of that period of war.
c. As a member of a Reserve Component, in time of
war or national emergency declared by the Congress, I
may be required to serve on active duty (other than for
training) for the entire period of the war or emergency
and for six (6) months after its end.
d. As a member of the Ready Reserve I may be
required to perform active duty or active duty for
training without my consent (other than as provided in
item 8 of this document) as follows:
(1) in time of national emergency declared by the
President of the United States, I may be ordered to
active duty (other than for training) for not more than
24 consecutive months.
(2) I may be ordered to active duty for 24
months, and my enlistment may be extended so I can
complete 24 months of active duty, if:
(a) I am not assigned to, or participating satis-
factorily in, a unit of the Ready Reserve; and
(b) I have not met my Reserve obligation; and
(c) I have not served on active duty for a total of
(3) I may be ordered to perform additional active
duty training for not more than 45 days if I have not
fulfilled my military service obligation and fail in any
year to perform the required training duty satis-
factorily. If the failure occurs during the last year of
my required membership in the Ready Reserve, my
enlistment may be extended until I perform that
additional duty, but not for more than six months.
(4) When determined by the President that it is
necessary to support any operational mission, I may be
ordered to active duty as prescribed by law, if I am a
member of the Selected Reserve.
11. FOR ENLISTEES/REENLISTEES IN THE NAVY,
MARINE CORPS, OR COAST GUARD: I understand
that if I am serving on a naval vessel in foreign
waters, and my enlistment expires, I will be returned
to the United States for discharge as soon as possible
consistent with my desires. However, if essential to
the public interest, I understand that I may be retained
on active duty until the vessel returns to the United
States. If I am retained under these circumstances, I
understand I will be discharged not later than 30 days
after my return to the United States; and, that except
in time of war, I will be entitled to an increase in basic
pay of 25 percent from the date my enlistment expires
to the date of my discharge.
12. FOR ALL MALE APPLICANTS: Completion of this
form constitutes registration with the Selective
Service System in accordance with the Military
Selective Service Act. Incident thereto the
Department of Defense may transmit my name,
permanent address, military address, Social Security
Number, and birthdate to the Selective Service System
for recording as evidence of the registration.