“(a) Modification Required.—The Secretary of Defense shall modify the Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214) to—
be machine readable and electronically transferable; and
include a specific block explicitly identified as the location in which a member of the Armed Forces may provide one or more email addresses by which the member may be contacted after discharge or release from active duty.
“(b) Deadline for Modification.—
The Secretary of Defense shall release a revised Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214), modified pursuant to subsection (a), not later than four years after the date of the enactment of this Act [Dec. 20, 2019].
“(c) Report.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Defense shall submit a report to Congress regarding the following:
What systems of the Department of Defense require an individual to manually enter information from DD Form 214.
What activities of the Department of Defense require a veteran or former member of the Armed Forces to provide a physical copy of DD Form 214.
The order of priority for modernizing items identified under paragraphs (1) and (2) as determined by the Secretary.
The estimated cost, as determined by the Secretary, to automate items identified under paragraphs (1) and (2).”