Correction of Military Records
The secretary of a military department, acting through a Board for Correction of Military Records, has authority to change any military record when necessary to correct an error or remove an injustice. A
correction board may consider applications for correction of a military record, including review of a discharge issued by
veteran, survivor or legal representative must file a request fir correction within three years after discovering an alleged
error or injustice. The board may excuse failure to file within this time if in the interest of injustice.
It is an applicant’s responsibility to show why the filing of the application was delayed and why it should be
in the interest of justice for the board to consider it despite the delay.
To justify a correction, it is necessary to show to the satisfaction of the board that the alleged entry or omission
in the records was in error or unjust. Applications should include all evidence, such as signed statements
of witnesses or a brief of arguments supporting the correction. Application is made with DD Form 149.