DD Form 293 Application for the Review of Discharge From the Armed Forces of the United States

What is DD Form 293?

DD Form 293, Application for the Review of Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States is used to request an upgrade of a military discharge from the appropriate discharge review board. The form was last revised on August 2015. A fillable up-to-date version can be downloaded below.

The authority to change military records when it's necessary to correct an error or remove an injustice belongs to the secretary of a military department who acts through a board for correction of military records. The correction board holds the power of reviewing applications for correction of military records, including discharge reviews issued by the courts-martial.

How to Upgrade Your Military Discharge?

VA Benefits can be affected if a veteran receives anything but an Honorable Discharge. Here's how to apply for an upgrade of military discharge status:

  1. Download a copy of DD Form 293.
  2. Fill out all the basic personal information in Section 1.
  3. Complete Section 2, if you are a representative of the individual seeking to upgrade their discharge.
  4. Fill out Section 3 to indicate what you expect the board to accomplish.
  5. State whether you want to appear before the board in Washington D.C. in Section 4 or have a records-only review or wait for a traveling board.
  6. Complete section 5 if you have another person representing you.
  7. Complete Section 6 if you want to not be represented by counsel.
  8. In Section 7, list all the supporting documents that you attach to the form.
  9. Explain your reasoning for requesting a discharge upgrade in section 8.
  10. Put your signature and date in Section 9.  Send the form via mail to the addresses listed at the bottom of this page.

Keep in mind that in most cases, these requests are not approved. Hire an experienced attorney to boost your chances. If the Discharge is over 15 years old, you must apply for a Correction of Military Records. Be prepared for the long wait: it may take several months between sending the request and the board reviewing it and making a decision.

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APPLICATION FOR THE REVIEW OF DISCHARGE
OMB No. 0704-0004
FROM THE ARMED FORCES OF THE UNITED STATES
OMB approval expires
Dec 31, 2017
(Please read Privacy Act Statement and Instructions on Pages 3 and 4 BEFORE completing this application.)
The public reporting burden for this collection of information, 0704-0004, 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 BACK OF THIS PAGE.
1. APPLICANT DATA
. PLEASE PRINT OR TYPE INFORMATION.
(The person whose discharge is to be reviewed)
a. BRANCH OF SERVICE (X one)
ARMY
MARINE CORPS
NAVY
AIR FORCE
COAST GUARD
c. GRADE/RANK AT DISCHARGE
d. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
b. NAME (Last, First, Middle Initial)
e. CURRENT MAILING ADDRESS OF APPLICANT OR PERSON NAMED IN ITEM 11
f. TELEPHONE NUMBER (Include Area Code)
(Forward notification of any change in address.)
g. E-MAIL
h. FAX NUMBER (Include Area Code)
4. DISCHARGE CHARACTERIZATION RECEIVED
5. BOARD ACTION REQUESTED
(X all that apply)
2. DATE OF DISCHARGE OR SEPARATION
(X one)
(YYYYMMDD) (If date is more than 15 years
CHANGE TO HONORABLE
ago, submit a DD Form 149)
HONORABLE
CHANGE TO GENERAL/UNDER HONORABLE
GENERAL/UNDER HONORABLE CONDITIONS
CONDITIONS
3. UNIT AND LOCATION AT DISCHARGE
CHANGE TO UNCHARACTERIZED (Not applicable
UNDER OTHER THAN HONORABLE CONDITIONS
to Air Force or service members with over 6 months of
OR SEPARATION
BAD CONDUCT (Special Court-Martial only)
service)
CHANGE NARRATIVE REASON FOR
UNCHARACTERIZED
SEPARATION:
OTHER (Explain)
6. ISSUES: WHY AN UPGRADE OR CHANGE IS REQUESTED AND JUSTIFICATION FOR THE REQUEST
(Continue in Item 13. See instructions on Page 3.)
7.
AN APPLICATION WAS PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED ON
(X if applicable)
(YYYYMMDD)
AND THIS FORM IS SUBMITTED TO ADD ADDITIONAL ISSUES, JUSTIFICATION, OR EVIDENCE.
8. IN SUPPORT OF THIS APPLICATION, THE FOLLOWING ATTACHED DOCUMENTS ARE SUBMITTED AS EVIDENCE:
(Continue in Item 14.
If military documents or medical records are relevant to your case, please send copies.)
9. TYPE OF REVIEW REQUESTED
(X one)
CONDUCT A RECORD REVIEW OF MY DISCHARGE BASED ON MY MILITARY PERSONNEL FILE AND ANY ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION SUBMITTED BY ME.
I AND/OR (counsel/representative) WILL NOT APPEAR BEFORE THE BOARD.
I AND/OR (counsel/representative) WISH TO APPEAR AT A HEARING AT NO EXPENSE TO THE GOVERNMENT BEFORE THE BOARD IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C.
METROPOLITAN AREA.
I AND/OR (counsel/representative) WISH TO APPEAR AT A HEARING AT NO EXPENSE TO THE GOVERNMENT BEFORE A TRAVELING PANEL CLOSEST TO
(enter city and state)
(NOTE: The Naval and Coast Guard Discharge Review Boards do not have traveling panels.)
10.a. COUNSEL/REPRESENTATIVE
NAME
(If any)
(Last, First, Middle Initial)
b. TELEPHONE NUMBER (Include Area Code)
AND ADDRESS
(See Item 10 of the instructions about counsel/representative.)
c. E-MAIL
d. FAX NUMBER (Include Area Code)
11. APPLICANT MUST SIGN IN ITEM 12.a. 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
and relationship by marking a box below.
(print)
SPOUSE
WIDOW
WIDOWER
NEXT OF KIN
LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE
OTHER (Specify)
12. CERTIFICATION.
I make the foregoing statements, as part of my claim, with full knowledge of the penalties
CASE NUMBER
involved for willfully making a false statement or claim. (U.S. Code, Title 18, Sections 287 and 1001, provide
(Do not write in this space.)
that an individual shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 5 years, or both.)
a. SIGNATURE - REQUIRED (Applicant or person in Item 11 above)
b. DATE SIGNED - REQUIRED (YYYYMMDD)
DD FORM 293, AUG 2015
PREVIOUS EDITION IS OBSOLETE.
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How to Change Military Discharge Status?

In case the veteran, survivor or any legal representative discovers an alleged error or injustice within their records, they have the right to file a change request within three years. It is necessary to provide sufficient evidence to the board of corrections, that proves that the alleged entry or omission in the records was in error or unjust and to justify any changes to the records.

Even in cases when the applicant clearly misses the three-year deadline, it's still strongly advised that they file for a review anyway. The corrections board may overlook the failure to file within the prescribed time if the applicant provides sufficient information to justify the reasons for missing the deadline. The applicant is under full responsibility to prove that he had a valid excuse to put off the filing past the appropriate deadline and explain why it would be in the interest of justice for the board to consider it despite the delay.

The applicant needs to go through the following steps to request a change in military discharge paperwork or a change of records:

  1. To request a change in discharge status, download and file a copy of DD Form 293 - the form can be filed in writing or digitally. Be specific about your military service. Send it to the appropriate address listed below.
  2. For changes in military records, download and file a copy of DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Record - the form can be filed in writing or digitally. Be specific about your military service. Send it to the appropriate address listed on the back of the form.

If your discharge certificate is successfully changed, you will receive a new DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty from the Board.

Where to Send Dd Form 293?

  • For the Army: mail to the Army Review Boards Agency, 25118th Street South Suite 385, Arlington, VA 22202-3531 - visit the Pentagon official webpage for more information.
  • For the Air Force: mail to the Air Force Review Boards Agency, SAF/MRBR, 550-C Street West, Suite 40, Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4742
  • For the Navy and Marine Corps: mail to the Secretary of the Navy, Council of Review Boards, ATTN: Naval Discharge Review Board, 720 Kennon Ave S.E., Suite 309, Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5023
  • For the Coastguard: mail to the Commandant (CG-133), Attn: Office of Military Personnel, US Coast Guard Stop 7907, 2703 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., S.E., Washington, DC 20593-7907

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