Who needs a DA Form 638?
Any military servant (regardless of rank) having personal knowledge of an outstanding act, achievement or service worth awarding a decoration has the right and obligation to submit a formal recommendation to military command channels for consideration. Nonetheless, a soldier may not recommend himself for award, as the Army does not condone self-recognition.
What is the DA Form 638 for?
A DA 638 is a US Army form used to recommend a soldier for an award. This form is appropriate in most cases except for recommendations for awards for heroism, valor, or wartime, which require a separate process for recommendation.
Is the DA Form 638 accompanied by other forms?
Appropriately completed, the form does not require any additional documentation or materials. However, in some cases form DA 2823 can serve as substantial evidence in favour of an award decision.
When is the DA Form 638 due?
The time limit for recommending the award is two years following the act, achievement or service, considered worth recognition.
How do I fill out the DA Form 638?
Submission of the DA 638 is initiated by the person who is aware of the act, or achievement worth acknowledgement. This person has to identify the military member who would receive the award (Soldier) and himself (Recommender), provide their contact information and data, along with an explanation of the achievements. All this information is followed by the documentation of approval through the chain of command. Once signed by the intermediate authorities, the form is delivered to the Approval Authority, which is the Company Commander.
Where do I send the DA Form 638?
The filled-out form is sent to the United States Army Department to be evaluated. In case of a positive response, the necessary actions will be taken.