DA Form 638 - How to Download and Edit DA 638 Fillable PDF

Last Updated on December 23, 2021 by Tina Clark

Download and Edit DA 638 Fillable PDF

Part 1: General Introduction

DA Form 638 is a standard recommendation of an award army form by United States.

However, this DA 638 is not used to recommend awards for valor, heroism or other types of wartime awards which would be used different forms and procedures.

Information need to be filled in this DA Form 638:

Boxes 1 to 3: Soldier name and date of the form.

Part I (boxes 4 to 13):

Identify the soldier, his (her) rank and organization;

List solder's previous awards;

Name proposed award and specify the reason for nomination;

List proposed award date and note whether this is to be a posthumous award.

Part II (boxes 14 to 19):

Specify information about the individual recommending the award including name, address, position, rank, signature of the person making the recommendation and relationship between the person being proposed for the award and the individual recommending it.

Part III (box 20):

List the achievements which would need to be enumerated up to 4 different ones led to the recommendation for this award.

Part IV:

Include all approvals of Intermediate Authorities needed throughout the chain of command for this award to be given with their name, rank and signature provided. The form also includes sufficient space for their comments of recommendations for approval, disapproval, upgrade or downgrade.

Form DA 638 has an addendum to input of additional individuals required event with enough space for all necessary recommendations to be listed. The final section is the input from the Approval Authority.

Part VI:

The award will be approved or denied. The distribution of the award will be detailed if approved while an explanation will be also provided if it is denied.

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Part 2: Video instructions and help to fill out DA 638

Part 3: Quick tutorial to fill DA 638 PDF

Step 1: Add DA Form 638 PDF file

Download and install PDF Editing software for Windows - WidsMob ConvertPDF. Open the DA Form 638 template by clicking the Open button or directly drag the form to the program.

Add PDF to ConvertPDF

Step 2: Convert DA Form 638 PDF to Word Format for Editing

You will be in the default PDF to Word section. Choose Settings at the bottom. Later, you can see a popping-up window with the name of Option. Click Word in the left panel, and then set to convert PDF to word (*.docx) or word 2003-2007 (*.doc).

Manage PDF Output Settings

Step 3: Edit DA Form 638

If you want to keep the original layout and preservation, choose Same as Resource at the bottom. Click the huge Convert button on the lower right corner. Few seconds later, you can get the converted word document successfully.Then you can edit this DA 638 PDF according to your need.

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