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@Pooch  If I am correct, he needs that DD form.  Your TA will than place it into the booking as verification.

I will say my husband served 21 yrs. Our last sailing on Adventure using a TA it came out cheaper.  We had to scan and email her his retired military ID, otherwise she said he had to scan/email that DD form.

He did not have to show his military ID at the port upon check in. Being a retired military member, he rarely pulls out that ID from a security reason aspect.  He uses his passport and DL.

 

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Mentioning me usually gets worse pricing! 

I was checking pricing on some of my short term cruises and noticed that some of them have a nice, big military discount.  It seems that they are showing up only on the really short term ones, but if

Yes, of course. And the Air Force has its own spirited cry which can mean anything positive. Here are some examples: Hooah - Army; Hoorah - Navy; Oorah - Marine Corps; Nice Putt - Airforce.

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4 hours ago, Pooch said:

looking for his DD214!

If you can't find it contact the nearest military base/post ask for the VA office.  They can send you a copy.

Here's the biggie.  Your Husband has to call and request it.  You cannot.  They may even require him to appear in person as proof that he is the person requesting this federal document.  

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Yup, I think I will have to contact the VA for a replacement DD214.  I downloaded a form from the VA for him to fill out and request. I found a DD215 correcting an error on the DD214 but not the original DD214.  I am going with yes he is eligible and have Danette tell me what I need to do.  Its a substantial savings.

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6 minutes ago, Pooch said:

I think I will have to contact the VA for a replacement DD214.

Again, just remember to them, unless you have a specific power of attorney, they will not speak to you.  He has to contact them.

Trust me...I am a retired military spouse.  They will not speak to me at all as a spouse.  It must be my husband.

I would also suggest going to nearest military base.  The military is like most companies with tele-work.  Just my guess is that those phone lines will ring and ring and ring.  It might be faster since you are asking for 40+ yr old records to be pulled, and you need proof that he is that person requesting it.  They always try to protect those that serve from frauds. 

 

 

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According to the VA Affairs site, he can do this through the mail.  Here in Northern CT, there isn't a military base in the neighborhood, maybe down state in New London at the Sub Base.  I have also called the Town Clerk.  In CT we get a Veteran's exemption on municipal taxes and have to file the DD214 in the Clerk's office.  I also work for the Town so I made a quick call & they are looking for me.

 

your help is very much appreciated!

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28 minutes ago, rjac said:

Yes, of course. And the Air Force has its own spirited cry which can mean anything positive. Here are some examples:

Hooah - Army; Hoorah - Navy; Oorah - Marine Corps; Nice Putt - Airforce.

:3_grin:

Nice Putt....love it.

 

91st Security Police Squadron stationed at Minot. I took every TDY I could and saw the world 2 weeks at a time...lol.

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1 hour ago, rjac said:

Yes, of course. And the Air Force has its own spirited cry which can mean anything positive. Here are some examples:

Hooah - Army; Hoorah - Navy; Oorah - Marine Corps; Nice Putt - Airforce.

LMAO.

We are AF.  What is PT to the AF?  Lifting a beer after a round of golf!   What is the other joke for the AF?  They build the runway 1st and the golf course next!

Hubby did a tour with the 82nd (JUMP ALO) and attended CGSC at Leavenworth.  Talk about being teased! 

When we got to Bragg I thought after being married for 4 yrs I knew all of the acronyms for the military.  He was a young O3.  4V4 double turn as a flier, got it.  Difference between a missile and a bomb, got it.  PCS, with a TDY enroute and 10 days in the TLF using TLA, and TMO will pick up our HHG on this date, got it!  

Get to Bragg.  1st a.m. at 5:30 in the TLF he kisses me goodbye and says I have to go to PT, I will be back by 7 a.m. ME:  OK.  BYE!  30 seconds later, eyes pop open and start going through the acronym list.  PT.  PT.  What on earth is PT?   Could not fall back to sleep.  He comes home and I ask him what is PT?  He laughs and says Physical Training!   I was like ...really they make you do that?

Back on topic.

Military discounts are there, but to me it is a hit or miss.  More of a miss than a hit, but that might be due to the fact we book so far out in advance.

 

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@Pooch, I'm not sure what RCCL uses to verify military service.  I do know that AAFES (the Army/Air Force Exchange Service, or BX/PX) now allows all honorably discharged veterans to shop online, and the process they use can be found at https://www.shopmyexchange.com/veterans.  Also, Apple offers a military discount for veterans, and they use a website called id.me.  I think Princess Cruises uses id.me as well.  I would urge you to be careful about providing copies of the DD214 (Certificate of Discharge) to RCCL or anyone else, as most of the older ones will display the servicemember's SSN.  If nothing else, if you do get a military discount, just take a copy of the DD214 with you when you board, to prove eligibility.

 

 

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On 6/1/2020 at 10:40 AM, rjac said:

Yep, I always check that as well as over 55, C&A member # and state. Haven't received a state discount yet. I have tried the elusive FOM discount, but to no avail (FOM=Friend of Matt). I guess you have to go on an official blog group cruise to qualify for that one. :3_grin:

Better be careful - Matt is always one blog post or pod cast away from making the FOM a surcharge...    😉

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16 hours ago, IRMO12HD said:

@Pooch, I'm not sure what RCCL uses to verify military service.  I do know that AAFES (the Army/Air Force Exchange Service, or BX/PX) now allows all honorably discharged veterans to shop online, and the process they use can be found at https://www.shopmyexchange.com/veterans.  Also, Apple offers a military discount for veterans, and they use a website called id.me.  I think Princess Cruises uses id.me as well.  I would urge you to be careful about providing copies of the DD214 (Certificate of Discharge) to RCCL or anyone else, as most of the older ones will display the servicemember's SSN.  If nothing else, if you do get a military discount, just take a copy of the DD214 with you when you board, to prove eligibility.

 

 

I have an email in to RCCL to ask this very question.  The information I have gotten so far shows the criteria that needs to be met but not what they accept as proof.

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So I have a certified copy of his service record. Shows enlistment date, dates of all schools and posting in Sicily and his discharge.  Certainly plenty of information to cover the 4 years of service in the US Navy. Don’t know why that wouldn’t be enough 🤷‍♀️

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On 6/18/2020 at 1:40 PM, rjac said:

In all my cruising history, I have never had to prove my military service (ID card or DD form 214) at check in. I doubt, too, that they would know what they ere looking at nor where to look on the ID card or form. :27_sunglasses:

Same with state "Florida" rates, always used a passport upon check in.  

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This defines EXACTLY what is needed. https://www.royalcaribbean.com/faq/questions/qualifications-special-pricing

To qualify for a military rate, an individual must be classified as one of the following: 

  1. Active personnel currently serving in the Canadian National Defense; United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserves. Proper identification in the form of a United States Uniformed Services WHITE Identification Card for U.S. military personnel, and a WHITE N.D.21 Identification Card with a Red Canadian Flag displayed for Canadian National Defense personnel, must be presented at time of check-in.
  2. Retired from any of the divisions listed directly above. "Retired" is defined as A) enlisted personnel or officers with a minimum of 20 years of service, B) medically retired, or C) 100% disabled. Proper identification for those classified in category A or B must be in the form of a United States Uniformed RED (Reserve retired personnel) or BLUE (Active Duty retired personnel) Identification Card. Proper identification for those classified in category C is a United States Uniformed TAN Identification Card. Retired Canadian National Defense personnel are eligible and must possess a green NDI-75 card (retired personnel). All forms of identification must be presented at time of check-in.
  3. Veterans with an Honorable Discharge serving a minimum of 2 years, or 6-months in an active war zone, in any of the United States service divisions listed above. Proper identification in the form of a DD 214, plus a current photo must be presented at time of check-in.
  4. Spouses of actively deployed military personnel are eligible to book one stateroom as long as the eligible spouse is occupying the stateroom. This rate also applies to all other guests traveling in the same stateroom. Spouses of deceased military personnel are also eligible for the military rate. As proof of eligibility, spouses must present the Pink or Tan Dependent Military ID upon check-in.
  • All guests traveling in the same stateroom are eligible to receive the military rate. No additional staterooms, other than the one that is occupied by the military person is eligible for the military rate. Spouses, parents, in-laws, children or other family members or friends are not eligible for the military rate without the eligible military person occupying the stateroom. 
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