The servicemember may also present evidence of their personal history since they were discharged.A positive history after discharge can improve one’s chances of obtaining an upgrade.Each board has different application forms, rules and powers.The DD 293 is the DRB application and the BCMR uses the DD 149.Pursuant to federal law, all former military members have the right to appeal the characterization of their discharge (10 U. While anyone can apply to the appropriate Discharge Review Board (DRB) for a discharge upgrade, or a change in the reason or characterization of the discharge, to be successful, the former servicemember must convince the board that their discharge characterization was "inequitable" or "improper." "Inequitable" means the reason or characterization of the discharge is not consistent with the policies and traditions of the service. Former Servicemembers begin the discharge upgrade process for all branches of service by completing DD-293, Application for the Review of Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States of America.One has three years from the date they discovered the incorrect information to apply to a Board for Correction of Military Records.
In the event an impropriety exists, it can often be established through records that are a part of the servicemember’s military personnel file.One can show this through obtaining an education and getting a copy of your transcripts.