DD Form 149 Application for Correction of Military Record Under the Provisions of Title 10, U.S. Code, Section 1552

What Is DD Form 149?

DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Record is a document issued by the Department of Defense (DoD). It is used to apply for changes in the personnel file of a soldier if they discovered a mistake or inaccuracy in their military discharge records.

The latest version of the form - often incorrectly referred to as DA Form 149 or VA Form 149 - was released in December 2014. An up-to-date fillable form DD 149 is available for download below or can found on the Executive Services Directorate website.

Application for Correction of Military Record

The application is a simple process. Everything the applicant needs is to obtain and complete the DD 149 form, attach copies of all documents related to the case and submit the form to the appropriate board. The Navy and Marine Corps, the Army and the Air force all have separate boards.

Any applicant, whether they are active duty, separated or retired, can apply personally or through their legal representative. The request should be submitted within three years since the mistake was discovered. However, if the applicant provides the valid reasoning for failing to apply within the prescribed time, the board can excuse the failure.

If you need to correct your discharge status, you must complete and submit the DD Form 293, Application for the Review of Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States.

The information above is provided as a courtesy of the Department of Veteran Affairs. We encourage you to check the Department of Veterans Affairs website directly for updates.

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APPLICATION FOR CORRECTION OF MILITARY RECORD
OMB No. 0704-0003
UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF TITLE 10, U.S. CODE, SECTION 1552
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The public reporting burden for this collection of information, 0704-0003, is estimated to average 30 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources,
gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of
information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, at whs.mc-alex.esd.mbx.dd-dod-information-collections@mail.mil.
Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a
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RETURN COMPLETED FORM TO THE APPROPRIATE ADDRESS ON THE BACK OF THIS PAGE.
1. APPLICANT DATA
(The person whose record you are requesting to be corrected.)
a. BRANCH OF SERVICE (X one)
ARMY
NAVY
AIR FORCE
MARINE CORPS
COAST GUARD
c. PRESENT OR LAST
d. SERVICE NUMBER (If applicable)
e. SSN
b. NAME (Print - Last, First, Middle Initial)
PAY GRADE
2. PRESENT STATUS WITH RESPECT TO THE
3. TYPE OF DISCHARGE
4. DATE OF DISCHARGE OR RELEASE
(If by court-martial, state
ARMED SERVICES
(Active Duty, Reserve,
the type of court.)
FROM ACTIVE DUTY
(YYYYMMDD)
National Guard, Retired, Discharged, Deceased)
5. I REQUEST THE FOLLOWING ERROR OR INJUSTICE IN THE RECORD BE CORRECTED AS FOLLOWS:
(Entry required)
6. I BELIEVE THE RECORD TO BE IN ERROR OR UNJUST FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
(Entry required)
YES
b. IF YES, WHAT WAS THE DOCKET NUMBER?
c. DATE OF THE DECISION
a. IS THIS A REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION
OF A PRIOR APPEAL?
NO
7. ORGANIZATION AND APPROXIMATE DATE
AT THE TIME THE ALLEGED ERROR OR INJUSTICE IN THE RECORD
(YYYYMMDD)
OCCURRED
(Entry required)
8. DISCOVERY OF ALLEGED ERROR OR INJUSTICE
a. DATE OF DISCOVERY
b. IF MORE THAN THREE YEARS SINCE THE ALLEGED ERROR OR INJUSTICE WAS DISCOVERED, STATE WHY THE
(YYYYMMDD)
BOARD SHOULD FIND IT IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE TO CONSIDER THE APPLICATION.
9. IN SUPPORT OF THIS APPLICATION, I SUBMIT AS EVIDENCE THE FOLLOWING ATTACHED DOCUMENTS:
(If military documents or medical
records are pertinent to your case, please send copies. If Veterans Affairs records are pertinent, give regional office location and claim number.)
10. I DESIRE TO APPEAR BEFORE THE BOARD IN WASHINGTON,
YES. THE BOARD WILL
NO. CONSIDER MY APPLICATION
D.C.
DETERMINE IF WARRANTED.
BASED ON RECORDS AND EVIDENCE.
(At no expense to the Government) (X one)
11.a. COUNSEL
NAME
and ADDRESS
(If any)
(Last, First, Middle Initial)
(Include ZIP Code)
b. TELEPHONE (Include Area Code)
c. E-MAIL ADDRESS
d. FAX NUMBER (Include Area Code)
e. I WOULD LIKE ALL CORRESPONDENCE/DOCUMENTS SENT TO ME ELECTRONICALLY.
YES
NO
12. APPLICANT MUST SIGN IN ITEM 15 BELOW. If the record in question is that of a deceased or incompetent person, LEGAL PROOF OF
DEATH OR INCOMPETENCY MUST ACCOMPANY THE APPLICATION. If the application is signed by other than the applicant, indicate
the name
(print)
and relationship by marking one box below.
SPOUSE
WIDOW
WIDOWER
NEXT OF KIN
LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE
OTHER (Specify)
13.a. COMPLETE CURRENT ADDRESS
OF APPLICANT OR PERSON
(Include ZIP Code)
b. TELEPHONE (Include Area Code)
IN ITEM 12 ABOVE
(Forward notification of all changes of address.)
c. E-MAIL ADDRESS
d. FAX NUMBER (Include Area Code)
CASE NUMBER
14. I MAKE THE FOREGOING STATEMENTS, AS PART OF MY CLAIM, WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE
(Do not write in this space.)
PENALTIES INVOLVED FOR WILLFULLY MAKING A FALSE STATEMENT OR CLAIM.
(U.S. Code, Title 18,
Sections 287 and 1001, provide that an individual shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.)
15. SIGNATURE
(Applicant must sign here.)
16. DATE SIGNED
(YYYYMMDD)
DD FORM 149, DEC 2014
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
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APPLICATION FOR CORRECTION OF MILITARY RECORD
OMB No. 0704-0003
UNDER THE PROVISIONS OF TITLE 10, U.S. CODE, SECTION 1552
OMB approval expires
(Please read Privacy Act Statement and instructions on back BEFORE completing this application.)
Dec 31, 2017
The public reporting burden for this collection of information, 0704-0003, is estimated to average 30 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources,
gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Send comments regarding this burden estimate or any other aspect of this collection of
information, including suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Department of Defense, Washington Headquarters Services, at whs.mc-alex.esd.mbx.dd-dod-information-collections@mail.mil.
Respondents should be aware that notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person shall be subject to any penalty for failing to comply with a collection of information if it does not display a
currently valid OMB control number.
RETURN COMPLETED FORM TO THE APPROPRIATE ADDRESS ON THE BACK OF THIS PAGE.
1. APPLICANT DATA
(The person whose record you are requesting to be corrected.)
a. BRANCH OF SERVICE (X one)
ARMY
NAVY
AIR FORCE
MARINE CORPS
COAST GUARD
c. PRESENT OR LAST
d. SERVICE NUMBER (If applicable)
e. SSN
b. NAME (Print - Last, First, Middle Initial)
PAY GRADE
2. PRESENT STATUS WITH RESPECT TO THE
3. TYPE OF DISCHARGE
4. DATE OF DISCHARGE OR RELEASE
(If by court-martial, state
ARMED SERVICES
(Active Duty, Reserve,
the type of court.)
FROM ACTIVE DUTY
(YYYYMMDD)
National Guard, Retired, Discharged, Deceased)
5. I REQUEST THE FOLLOWING ERROR OR INJUSTICE IN THE RECORD BE CORRECTED AS FOLLOWS:
(Entry required)
6. I BELIEVE THE RECORD TO BE IN ERROR OR UNJUST FOR THE FOLLOWING REASONS:
(Entry required)
YES
b. IF YES, WHAT WAS THE DOCKET NUMBER?
c. DATE OF THE DECISION
a. IS THIS A REQUEST FOR RECONSIDERATION
OF A PRIOR APPEAL?
NO
7. ORGANIZATION AND APPROXIMATE DATE
AT THE TIME THE ALLEGED ERROR OR INJUSTICE IN THE RECORD
(YYYYMMDD)
OCCURRED
(Entry required)
8. DISCOVERY OF ALLEGED ERROR OR INJUSTICE
a. DATE OF DISCOVERY
b. IF MORE THAN THREE YEARS SINCE THE ALLEGED ERROR OR INJUSTICE WAS DISCOVERED, STATE WHY THE
(YYYYMMDD)
BOARD SHOULD FIND IT IN THE INTEREST OF JUSTICE TO CONSIDER THE APPLICATION.
9. IN SUPPORT OF THIS APPLICATION, I SUBMIT AS EVIDENCE THE FOLLOWING ATTACHED DOCUMENTS:
(If military documents or medical
records are pertinent to your case, please send copies. If Veterans Affairs records are pertinent, give regional office location and claim number.)
10. I DESIRE TO APPEAR BEFORE THE BOARD IN WASHINGTON,
YES. THE BOARD WILL
NO. CONSIDER MY APPLICATION
D.C.
DETERMINE IF WARRANTED.
BASED ON RECORDS AND EVIDENCE.
(At no expense to the Government) (X one)
11.a. COUNSEL
NAME
and ADDRESS
(If any)
(Last, First, Middle Initial)
(Include ZIP Code)
b. TELEPHONE (Include Area Code)
c. E-MAIL ADDRESS
d. FAX NUMBER (Include Area Code)
e. I WOULD LIKE ALL CORRESPONDENCE/DOCUMENTS SENT TO ME ELECTRONICALLY.
YES
NO
12. APPLICANT MUST SIGN IN ITEM 15 BELOW. If the record in question is that of a deceased or incompetent person, LEGAL PROOF OF
DEATH OR INCOMPETENCY MUST ACCOMPANY THE APPLICATION. If the application is signed by other than the applicant, indicate
the name
(print)
and relationship by marking one box below.
SPOUSE
WIDOW
WIDOWER
NEXT OF KIN
LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE
OTHER (Specify)
13.a. COMPLETE CURRENT ADDRESS
OF APPLICANT OR PERSON
(Include ZIP Code)
b. TELEPHONE (Include Area Code)
IN ITEM 12 ABOVE
(Forward notification of all changes of address.)
c. E-MAIL ADDRESS
d. FAX NUMBER (Include Area Code)
CASE NUMBER
14. I MAKE THE FOREGOING STATEMENTS, AS PART OF MY CLAIM, WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE
(Do not write in this space.)
PENALTIES INVOLVED FOR WILLFULLY MAKING A FALSE STATEMENT OR CLAIM.
(U.S. Code, Title 18,
Sections 287 and 1001, provide that an individual shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.)
15. SIGNATURE
(Applicant must sign here.)
16. DATE SIGNED
(YYYYMMDD)
DD FORM 149, DEC 2014
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
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PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
AUTHORITY: 10 U.S.C. 1552 and E.O. 9397, as amended (SSN).
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE(S): To initiate an application for correction of military record. The form is used by Board members for review of pertinent information in
making a determination of relief through correction of a military record. Completed forms are covered by correction of military records SORNs maintained by
each of the Services or the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. The DoD Systems of Records Notices can be located at:
http://dpclo.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODComponentNotices.aspx.
ROUTINE USE(S): The DoD Blanket Routine Uses at
http://dpclo.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/BlanketRoutineUses.aspx
may apply to this collection.
DISCLOSURE: Voluntary. However, failure by an applicant to provide the information not annotated as “optional” may result in a denial of your application. An
applicant's SSN is used to retrieve these records and links to the member’s official military personnel file and pay record.
Applicable SORNs:
Army (http://dpclo.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODComponentArticleView/tabid/7489/Article/6000/a0015-185-sfmr.aspx)
Navy and Marine Corps (http://dpclo.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODwideSORNArticleView/tabid/6797/Article/6510/nm01000-1.aspx)
Air Force (http://dpclo.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODwideSORNArticleView/tabid/6797/Article/5904/f036-safpc-d.aspx)
Defense Finance and Accounting Service (http://privacy.defense.gov/notices/dfas/T5015a.shtml)
Coast Guard (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-28/html/2011-27881.htm)
Official Military Personnel Files:
Army (http://dpclo.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODwideSORNArticleView/tabid/6797/Article/6131/a0600-8-104-ahrc.aspx)
Navy (http://dpclo.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODwideSORNArticleView/tabid/6797/Article/6405/n01070-3.aspx)
Marine Corps (http://dpclo.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODComponentArticleView/tabid/7489/Article/6775/m01070-6.aspx)
Air Force (http://dpclo.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODwideSORNArticleView/tabid/6797/Article/5876/f036-af-pc-c.aspx)
Coast Guard (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-28/html/2011-27881.htm)
INSTRUCTIONS
Under Title 10 United States Code Section 1552, Active Duty and Reserve Component Service members, Coast Guard, former Service members,
their lawful or legal representatives, spouses of former Service members on issues of Survivor Benefit Program (SBP) benefits, and civilian
employees with respect to military records other than those related to civilian employment, who feel that they have suffered an injustice as a result
of error or injustice in military records may apply to their respective Boards for Correction of Military Records (BCMR) for a correction of their
military records. These Boards are the highest level appellate review authority in the military. The information collected is needed to provide the Boards the
basic data needed to process and act on the request.
1. All information should be typed or printed. Complete all applicable items. If the item is not applicable, enter "None."
2. If space is insufficient on the front of the form, use the "Remarks" box below for additional information or attach an additional sheet.
3. List all attachments and enclosures in item 9. Do not send original documents. Send clear, legible copies. Send copies of military documents and orders
related to your request, if you have them available. Do not assume that they are all in your military record.
4. The applicant must exhaust all administrative remedies, such as corrective procedures and appeals provided in regulations, before applying to the Board of
Corrections.
5. ITEM 5. State the specific correction of record desired. If possible, identify exactly what document or information in your record you believe to be erroneous
or unjust and indicate what correction you want made to the document or information.
6. ITEM 6. In order to justify correction of a military record, it is necessary for you to show to the satisfaction of the Board by the evidence that you supply, or it
must otherwise satisfactorily appear in the record, that the alleged entry or omission in the record was in error or unjust. Evidence, in
addition to documents, may include affidavits or signed testimony of witnesses, executed under oath, and a brief of arguments supporting the application. All
evidence not already included in your record must be submitted by you. The responsibility of securing evidence rests with you.
7. ITEM 8. U.S. Code, Title 10, Section 1552b, provides that no correction may be made unless a request is made within three years after the discovery of the
error or injustice, but that the Board may excuse failure to file within three years after discovery if it finds it to be in the interest of justice.
8. ITEM 10. Personal appearance before the Board by you and your witnesses or representation by counsel is not required to ensure full and impartial
consideration of your application. If the Board determines that a personal appearance is warranted and grants approval, appearance and representation are
permitted before the Board at no expense to the government.
9. ITEM 11. Various veterans and service organizations furnish counsel without charge. These organizations prefer that arrangements for representation be
made through local posts or chapters.
10. ITEM 12. The person whose record correction is being requested must sign the application. If that person is deceased or incompetent to sign, the
application may be signed by a spouse, widow, widower, next of kin (son, daughter, mother, father, brother, or sister), or a legal representative that has been
given power of attorney. Other persons may be authorized to sign for the applicant. Proof of death, incompetency, or power of
attorney must accompany the application. Former spouses may apply in cases of Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) issues.
11. For detailed information on application and Board procedures, see: Army Regulation 15-185 and www.arba.army.pentagon.mil;
Navy - SECNAVINST.5420.193 and www.hq.navy.mil/bcnr/bcnr.htm; Air Force Instruction 36-2603, Air Force Pamphlet 36-2607, and
www.afpc.randolph.af.mil/safmrbr; Coast Guard - Code of Federal Regulations, Title 33, Part 52.
MAIL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO APPROPRIATE ADDRESS BELOW
ARMY
NAVY AND MARINE CORPS
AIR FORCE
COAST GUARD
Board for Correction of Air Force
Department of Homeland Security
Army Review Boards Agency
Board for Correction of Naval Records
Records
Office of the General Counsel
251 18th Street South, Suite 385
701 S. Courthouse Road, Suite 1001
SAF/MRBR
Board for Correction of Military Records
Arlington, VA 22202-3531
Arlington, VA 22204-2490
550-C Street West, Suite 40
245 Murray Lane, Stop 0485
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4742
Washington, DC 20528-0485
17. REMARKS
DD FORM 149 (BACK), DEC 2014

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DD Form 149 Instructions

All the data provided within the form should be either typed or printed. Each and every box must be filled in. If an item is not applicable, enter NONE in the appropriate line.

You do not need to appear before the board personally unless it considers your presence necessary. In this case, you must appear before the board for a hearing. Your expenses cannot be compensated.

  1. Start by filling in your name and the information about the branch of service, present or previous pay grade and service number, if any.
  2. State your current status regarding Military service; enter the type and date of discharge from active duty.
  3. Describe the desired correction in Box 5. If possible, name the document containing the mistake and state the changes you want to make. Explain why you believe that a form contains wrong information in Box 6. Also, provide the date on which you believe the error occurred in Box 7.
  4. List all documents you plan on attaching as evidence - along with signed witness testimonies - in Box 9.
  5. If you need to add more information, use the "Remarks" box. If the provided space is not enough, attach a continuation sheet.

The applicant must sign the DD Form 149. If it is impossible due to a valid reason like death or disability, a legal representative must sign the form and attach a proof of disability or death.

Where to Send DD Form 149?

The addresses for mailing the application for correction of military records vary according to the service branch of the applicant.

  • Army active duty personnel must mail the application to the Army Board for Correction of Military Records, 1941 Jefferson Davis Highway, 2nd Floor, Arlington, VA 22202-4508
  • All the other army service members should submit the form to the Army Review Boards Agency Support Division in St. Louis at 9700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63132-5200
  • Soldiers serving or discharged from the Navy or Marine Corps mail their documents to the Board for Correction of Naval Records at 2 Navy Annex, Washington, DC 20370-5100
  • All Air Force service members - including Army Air Corps and Air Forces - should apply to the Board for Correction of Air Force Records SAF/MRBR at 550-C Street West, Suite 40, Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4742
  • Coast Guard personnel need to mail their paperwork to the Board for Correction of Military Records of the Coast Guard (C-60) at Room 4100, Department of Transportation, 400 7th St., SW, Washington, DC 20590

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