Skip navigation links
Career Info
Support & Services
Reference Library
Skip navigation links
Career Counseling
Career Toolbox
Enlisted Career Admin
Language & Culture
Limited Duty
Officer Career Prog
Pay and Benefits
Performance Evaluation
Personnel Conduct and Separations
Records Management
Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR)
Decorations and Medals (Awards)
Discharge Certificates
Electronic Service Record (ESR)
Electronic Submission
Home of Record
Military Personnel Records
OMPF - Command View
OMPF - My Record
Selection Board Review
Statement of Service
Unemployment Compensation
Reserve Personnel Mgmt
Unemployment Compensation

Federal law set forth in 5 USC 8521 makes an ex-service member eligible for Unemployment Compensation (UCX) benefits provided the member was discharged or released under honorable conditions (and if an officer, did not resign for the good of the service) and completed the first full term of active obligated service which was initially agreed to serve.

If you were discharged before completing your first full term, the discharge or release must be for an approved reason under the law.  In most cases, active duty service in excess of  365 continuous days is required to be eligible for UCX benefits.

Navy service members who are drawing retired pay are eligible for UCX benefits.  However, since Navy retirements are considered to be 100% Navy funded, unemployment benefits are reduced accordingly.  Disability benefits received from the Veterans Administration are not deducted from unemployment benefits.

The Navy does not have authority to change the reason or character of your discharge.  If you feel that you have suffered an injustice, make your appeals to the Navy Discharge Review Board.

For questions about eligibility, please contact our UCX Assistant, at DSN 882-3351 or Commercial (901) 874-3351.


NAVY PERSONNEL COMMAND: 5720 Integrity Drive, Millington TN 38055-0000 
Comments? Suggestions? Call 866-U-ASK-NPC or Email the Webmaster | Updated:2/2/2015 11:37 AM

FOIA | US Navy | No Fear Act | | Privacy Policy  |  Accessibility / Section 508 | Site Map