Military Branding Iron

Edwards, Michael D.
October 1974
New Republic;10/12/74, Vol. 171 Issue 15, p9
Focuses on a special code placed by the U.S. military on each serviceman's "Report of Separation From Active Duty." Report that this code termed as "Separation Program Numbers" (SPN) by the army and navy and "Separation Designator Numbers" by the air force; Information that the SPN categories include unclean habits, anti-social or amoral traits; Impact of SPN on veterans; Comment on the 14 different SPN numbers for homosexuality and homosexual tendencies; Termination of SPN numbers by the Deputy Assistant Secretory of Defense Leo Benade; Reduction of SPN categories by the U.S. Defense Department.


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