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.