Applying For A Review
Each of the military services maintains a discharge review board with authority to change, correct or
modify discharges or dismissals not issued by a sentence of a general courts-martial. The board has no
authority to address medial discharges.
The veteran or, if the veteran is deceased or incompetent, the surviving spouse,
next of kin or legal representative may apply for a review of discharge by writing to the military department concerned, using
DD Form 293, “Application for the Review of Discharge form the Armed Forces of the United States.”
This form may be obtained at a VA regional office, from veterans organizations or from the Internet.
if the discharge was more than 15 years ago, a veteran must petition the appropriate service Board for Correction or Military
Records using DD Form 149, “Application for Correction of Military Records Under the Provisions of Title 10, U.S. Code,
Section 1552.” A discharge review is conducted by a review of an applicant’s record and, if
requested, by a hearing before the board.
Discharges awarded as a result of a continuous period of unauthorized absence in
excess of 180 days make persons ineligible for VA benefits regardless of action taken by discharge review boards, unless VA
determines there were compelling circumstances for the absence. Boards for the Correction of Military Records also may consider such cases.
Veterans with disabilities incurred or aggravated during active duty may qualify
for medical or related benefits regardless of separation and characterization of service. Veterans separated
administratively under other than honorable conditions may request that their discharge be reviewed for possible recharacterization,
provided they file their appeal within 15 years of the date of separation.
Questions regarding the review of a discharge should be addressed to the appropriate
discharge review board at the address listed on DD Form 293.