Board for Corrections

Attorney – Military Lawyer
Board for Correction of Military Records (BCMR)

Former and current service members can petition the Boards for Correction of Military Records to correct errors, remove injustices from their military service records, or request an upgrade from a punitive discharge. With the current military client, many service members and veterans are faced with erroneous or unjust outcomes from their military service. The board of corrections can correct injustices, to include, correcting an OER or NCOER, removing a nonjudicial punishment under Article 15, removing a Board of Inquiry or Administrative Separation proceeding, reinstating rank, changing military disability rating, adjusting retirement information, and much more. Time is of the essence to correct errors in your military record, contact us to day for a review of your case and to retain the experienced help you need to prepare your packet before the board of corrections for military records (BCMR). You only get one chance to go before the board, make sure you prepare the best case possible for the board.

Don’t leave your board of corrections case to chance. The procedure for each board varies depending on the branch. Van Ackeren, P.S. has experience petitioning the different Boards for Corrections of Military Recordsand has successfully helped service members receive restoration of rank, set aside erroneous nonjudicial punishment, change a reenlistment code and request a discharge upgrade.

After service members finish their service in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard, their military records can have a significant impact on their future veteran benefits, employment opportunities, eligibility for a security clearance, and college tuition. The Board for Correction of Military Records can correct almost any military error or injustice that occurred during your service. Some of the most requested appeals for relief include discharge upgrades from the Discharge Review Board (DRB), Article 15 appeal (Non-judicial punishment, GOMOR, or Captain’s Mast), requesting retirement, or a change of RE code for reenlistment. If you want to upgrade an Other Than Honorable (OTH) discharge or remove a negative evaluations in your personnel file there is a good chance petitioning the BCMR can correct that. Although each branch of the military has it’s own board of corrections, the process to appeal the board is essentially the same and you need your military lawyer to be knowledgeable about the procedure.

The BCMR receives numerous applications in a year and you only get one opportunity to correct your records before the Board of Corrections. Despite only having one opportunity to fix their record most appeals are submitted without consulting a board of corrections lawyer. The Boards have very strict and unique regulations; there is case law that petitioners must know before requesting relief from the board. The advice and guidance of a board of corrections lawyer is not only an important aspect for a service member, but also a necessity in order to adequately defend your case. For more information about the Board of Corrections or Discharge Review Board and what can be done in your case contact us today to schedule a consultation.

Whether you are an active duty member, veteran, or reservist of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, or National Guard.

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What can I do for a family member with an incorrect military record?

If you are adversely affected by a military record you may also petition the Board for Corrections of Military Records as a civilian. If you are a spouse, former spouse, legal representative, child, or close relative who is affected by a military record, you may also petition the Board for Corrections of Military Records.

When should I apply?

The time a military member or veteran must correct their military record depends on whether the individual wants to correct an error or injustice, or if the individual seeks a discharge upgrade. If the military member or veteran seeks to correct an error or injustice, the individual has 3 years from the time they discovered or reasonably should have discovered the error or injustice for which they are asking the board to correct. Alternatively, if the military member or veteran is petitioning the Board for Corrections of Military Records for a discharge upgrade, the individual has 15 years from discharge. The board, however, may excuse an untimely filing if the board determines the excusal is in the interest of justice. Due to the limited opportunity it is always best to consult a board of corrections lawyer to review your appeal.

What should I know about correcting my re-enlistment code (RE code)?

A veteran’s RE code is determined based on the reason for separation, not characterization of service. A veteran can request the board change their RE code if the code was erroneously entered. An RE code may not be changed based solely on the veteran seeking enlistment into a military branch.

What is the difference between the Board of Corrections and the Discharge Reveiw Board?

The Discharge Review Board (DRB) only reviews the type of discharge received, the reason for the discharge, and the authority of the command had the authority to discharge the service member. If the DRB determines an error, or injustice occurred, then the board can upgrade your discharge. There are no automatic discharge upgrades. The Board of Corrections can correct virtually anything on your military records with the exception of court-martial convictions.

Do I need a Discharge Review Board?

To petition the Discharge Review Board for an upgrade in discharge, the service member must apply within 15 years from receiving the discharge. The DRB only handles requests concerning discharges, if you want to change or modify your personnel records, you need the Board for Corrections of Military Records instead of the Discharge Review Board. Unlike the Discharge Review Board, the Board for Corrections of Military Records reviews almost any service member record, including restorations of rank, grade or rating, physical disability evaluations, and discharges.

BCMR Lawyer for Worldwide Representation
Van Ackeren, P.S. handles petitions before the Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR), the Board of Corrections for Naval Records (BCNR), the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records (AFBCMR), and the Coast Guard Board for Correction of Military Records (CGBCMR) both nationwide and worldwide for veterans, active duty service members, surviving spouses, or next of kin. We represent soldiers, airmen, sailors, and coasties stationed at Fort Bragg, Fort Drum, Fort Stewart, Fort Hood, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), Ft. Campbell, Fort Benning, Ft Bliss, Camp Pendleton, Camp LeJune, Schofield Barracks, Norfolk Naval Station, Fort Sam Houston, Iraq, Quantico, Japan, Germany, Afghanistan, or South Korea; veterans living in New York, Alaska, Washington, D.C., Chicago, San Diego, Miami, Los Angeles, Dallas, Seattle, St. Louis, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Columbus, Hawaii, Boston, Denver or any other location in the United States.
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