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 in August 2015 by the Department of Defense (DoD). 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?

Department of Veterans Affairs (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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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)
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13. CONTINUATION OF ITEM 6, ISSUES (If applicable)
14. CONTINUATION OF ITEM 8, SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS (If applicable)
15. REMARKS (If applicable)
MAIL COMPLETED APPLICATIONS TO APPROPRIATE ADDRESS BELOW.
ARMY
NAVY AND MARINE CORPS
Army Review Boards Agency
Secretary of the Navy
251 18th Street South
Council of Review Boards
Suite 385
ATTN: Naval Discharge Review Board
Arlington, VA 22202-3531
720 Kennon Ave S.E., Suite 309
(See http://arba.army.pentagon.mil)
Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5023
AIR FORCE
COAST GUARD
Air Force Review Boards Agency
Commandant (CG-133)
SAF/MRBR
Attn: Office of Military Personnel
550-C Street West, Suite 40
US Coast Guard Stop 7907
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4742
2703 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., S.E.
Washington, DC 20593-7907
DD FORM 293, AUG 2015
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PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT
AUTHORITY: 10 U.S.C. 1553, Review of Discharge or Dismissal; DoD Instruction 1332.28, Discharge Review Board (DRB) Procedures and Standards;
and E.O. 9397 (SSN), as amended.
PRINCIPAL PURPOSE(S): To apply for a change in the characterization or reason for military discharge issued to an individual. The appropriate Military
Service Discharge Review Board reviews submitted packages and makes determinations. Completed forms are covered by the correction of discharge
review board and official military records SORNs maintained by each of the Military Services. The DoD Systems of Records Notices can be located at
http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODComponentNotices.aspx.
ROUTINE USE(S): The DoD Blanket Routine Uses found at
http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/BlanketRoutineUses.aspx
may apply to this
collection.
DISCLOSURE: Voluntary. However, failure to provide identifying information may impede processing of this application. The SSN is used by the Military
Services to ensure the correct individual’s official military personnel file is updated.
Applicable SORNs:
Discharge Review Board Records:
Army (http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODwideSORNArticleView/tabid/6797/Article/6000/a0015-185-sfmr.aspx)
Navy/Marine Corps (http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODwideSORNArticleView/tabid/6797/Article/6510/nm01000-1.aspx)
Air Force (http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/tabid/5915/Article/5899/f036-safcb-a.aspx)
Coast Guard (http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2011-10-28/html/2011-27881.htm)
Official Military Personnel Files:
Army (http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODwideSORNArticleView/tabid/6797/Article/6131/a0600-8-104-ahrc.aspx)
Navy (http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODwideSORNArticleView/tabid/6797/Article/6405/n01070-3.aspx)
Marine Corps (http://dpcld.defense.gov/Privacy/SORNsIndex/DODComponentArticleView/tabid/7489/Article/6775/m01070-6.aspx)
Air Force (http://dpcld.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 FOR COMPLETION OF DD FORM 293
REQUESTING COPIES OF YOUR OFFICIAL MILITARY PERSONNEL
ITEM 2. If you received more than one discharge, the information in this
FILE
item should refer to the discharge that you want changed. Discharge
Review Boards cannot consider any type of discharge resulting from a
Information on how to obtain military or health records is available at
sentence given by a general court-martial.
the National Personnel Records Center website at
www.nara.gov/regional/mpr.html
or at your local Veterans
ITEM 3. If the discharge you want reviewed was issued over 15 years
Administration office.
ago, instead of applying on a DD Form 293, you must petition the
appropriate Board for Correction of Military Record using DD Form 149,
Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit any request for their
Application for Correction of Military Record Under the Provisions of Title
military records prior to applying for a discharge review rather than after
10, U.S. Code, Section 1552.
submitting a DD Form 293 in order to avoid substantial delays in
processing of the application and scheduling of review. Applicants and
ITEM 5. If you request a change of narrative reason for separation, you
their counsel may also examine their military personnel records at the site
must list the specific reason for discharge that you believe to be
of their scheduled review prior to the review. The Board shall notify
appropriate, otherwise the Board will presume that you do not want a
applicants of the date of availability of the records for examination in their
change in reason for discharge. If you do not request a change of
standard scheduling information.
discharge characterization in this item, the Board will presume you want to
change discharge to Honorable.
Submission of a request for an applicant's military records (including a
If you were separated on or after 1 October 1982 while in an entry
request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act or Privacy Act) after
level status with an under other than honorable conditions discharge and
the DD Form 293 has been submitted will automatically result in the
less than 180 days of active service, you can request a change of
suspension of processing of the application for discharge review until the
discharge characterization to "Uncharacterized" and discharge reason to
requested records are sent to an appropriate location for copying, are
"Entry Level Separation".
copied, and are returned to the possession of the headquarters of the
Discharge Review Board. Processing of the application shall then be
ITEM 6. "Issues" are the reasons why you think your discharge should be
resumed at whatever stage of the discharge review process is practicable.
changed. You are not required to submit any issues with your application.
However, if you want the Board to respond in writing to the issues of
DD FORM 293 - PLEASE PRINT OR TYPE INFORMATION. (Items on
concern, you must list your specific issues in accordance with those
the form are self-explanatory unless otherwise noted below.)
instructions and regulations governing the Board. Issues must be stated
clearly and specifically. Your issues should address the reasons why you
ITEM 1b. Use the name which you served under while in the Armed
believe that the discharge received was improper or inequitable. It is
Forces. If your name has since changed, then also include your current
important to focus on matters that occurred while you served in the Armed
name after adding the abbreviation "AKA". If the former member is
Forces.
deceased or incompetent, see Item 11.
The following examples demonstrate one way in which issues may be
ITEM 1e. Indicate the address to be used for all future correspondence
stated (the example issues do not indicate, in any way, the only type of
regarding this application. If you change this address while this
issues that should be submitted to the Board):
application is pending, you must notify the Discharge Review Board
immediately. Failure to attend a hearing as a result of an unreported
Example 1. My discharge was inequitable because it was based on
change in address may result in a waiver of your right to a hearing.
one isolated incident in 28 months of service with no other adverse action.
DD FORM 293, AUG 2015
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INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION OF DD FORM 293 (Continued)
ITEM 6. ISSUES (Continued)
ITEM 9. TYPE OF REVIEW REQUESTED (Continued)
Example 2. The discharge is improper because the applicant's pre-
2. Hearing. You may appear personally (alone or assisted by a
service civilian conviction, properly listed on his enlistment documents,
representative/counsel) before the Board in the Washington, D.C. Metro
was used in the discharge proceedings.
Area or before a Traveling Panel of the Board in selected locations
throughout the U.S., if appropriate. The Department of Defense is not
In Item 6 list each of your issues that you want the Board to address.
responsible for, nor will it pay for, any costs incurred by the applicant or
There is no limit to the number of issues that you may submit. If you
representative/counsel for appearance or providing testimony or
need additional space, continue in Item 14 or on a plain sheet of paper
documentation. Detailed notification and/or scheduling information for
and attach it to this application.
all personal appearances will be provided after the application has been
NOTE: If an issue is not listed in Item 6, it may result in the Board not
processed. In addition, without appearing yourself, you may have your
addressing the issue even if the issue is discussed in a legal brief or
case presented by a representative/counsel of your choice. NOTE:
other written submissions or at the hearing. Changes or additions to the
The Naval and Coast Guard Discharge Review Boards do not have
list may be made on the DD Form 293 anytime before the Discharge
traveling panels.
Review Board closes the review process for deliberation. Please be sure
that your issues are consistent with the Board Action Requested (Item 5).
Applicants participating in a personal appearance or hearing
If there is a conflict between what you say in your issues and what you
examination may make sworn or unsworn statements, introduce
requested in Item 5, the Board will respond to your issue in the context of
witnesses, documents, or other information on their behalf. Applicants
the action requested in Item 5. For example, if you request a General
may make oral or written arguments personally and/or through
Discharge in Item 5 but your issue in Item 6 indicated you want an
representative/ counsel. Applicants and witnesses who present sworn
Honorable Discharge, the Board will respond to the issue in terms of your
or unsworn statements may be questioned by the Board.
request for a General Discharge. Therefore, if you are submitting issues
for the purpose of obtaining an Honorable Discharge, be sure to mark the
FAILURE TO APPEAR AT A HEARING OR RESPOND TO A
box for an Honorable Discharge in Item 5.
SCHEDULING NOTICE. If you do not appear at a scheduled hearing or
respond as required to a scheduling notice, and you did not make a
Incorporation by Reference. Issues that are listed on a legal brief or
prior, timely request for a continuance, postponement, or withdrawal of
other written submissions may be incorporated by reference in Item 6.
the application, you will forfeit the right to a personal appearance and
The reference must be specific enough for the Board to clearly identify
the Board shall complete its review of the discharge based upon the
the matter being submitted as an issue. At a minimum, it shall identify
evidence of record.
the page, paragraph, and sentence incorporated.
Example: Issue 1. Brief, page 2, paragraph 1, sentences one and two.
ITEM 10.a - d. Omit if you do not have a representative/counsel. If you
later obtain the services of either, inform the Board immediately.
Applicants should be as specific as possible with all references so the
Board can clearly distinguish the scope of the issue. Because it is to
The military services do not provide counsel representation or
your benefit to bring such issues to the Board's attention as early as
evidence for you, nor do they pay the cost of such representation under
possible in the review, if you submit a brief, you are strongly urged to set
any circumstance. The following organizations regularly furnish
forth all such issues as a separate item at the beginning of the brief.
representation at no charge to you. Representatives may or may not be
lawyers.
ITEM 8. Evidence not in your official records should be submitted to the
Board before the review date. It is to your advantage to submit such
1. American Legion
documentation with this application. This also applies to legal briefs or
2. Disabled American Veterans
counsel submissions. However, you have the right to submit evidence
3. State or Regional Veterans Offices
until the time the Discharge Review Board closes the review process for
deliberation. Documents that are of the most benefit are those which
In addition, there are other organizations willing to assist you in
substantiate or relate directly to your issues in Item 6. Other documents
completing this application and to provide representation at no cost. It is
that may be helpful are character references, criminal, credit and
to your advantage to coordinate with your counsel prior to submitting
employment reports, educational achievements, exemplary post-service
this application. This will insure that your counsel is able to appear at
conduct, and medical reports. You should add your name and Social
the location you listed in Item 9. Please note that some of the
Security Number to each document submitted. The Board will consider all
organizations listed above only represent applicants who appear before
documents submitted in your behalf, but will respond in writing only to
the Board in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area. Contact your local
those issues set forth in Item 6.
veterans affairs office, Veterans Administration Office or veterans
service organization for further information.
ITEM 9. TYPE OF REVIEW REQUESTED
ITEM 11. If the former member is deceased or incompetent, the
A Discharge Review is conducted in two basic ways: (1) Records
application may be submitted by the next of kin, a surviving spouse or a
Review or (2) Hearing.
legal representative. Legal proof of death or incompetency and
satisfactory evidence of the relationship to the former member must
1. Records Review. You may have the Board conduct a discharge
accompany this application.
review based solely on military records and any additional documentation
that you provide. This review is conducted without personal appearance
ITEM 12.a. and b. A signature and date entered by the applicant or
by you and/or your counsel appearing. A personal appearance hearing
person identified in Item 11 are required.
can be requested, however, you forfeit your right to a record review.
DD FORM 293, AUG 2015
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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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