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The United States Navy's Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR) is committed to providing current and former Navy and Marine Corps members the highest level of administrative review within the Navy to correct errors or injustices to their records.


Are you a veteran requesting an upgrade to your discharge?

If it has been less than 15 years since you were separated from the Navy or Marine Corps, you must first apply to the Navy Discharge Review Board (NDRB), http://www.secnav.navy.mil/mra/CORB/pages/ndrb/default.aspx.

If it has been more than 15 years since you were separated or have already applied to the NDRB, you may apply to the Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR).

In an joint effort, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense partnered to provide step-by-step instructions on how to request a discharge upgrade: www.vets.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions.


Are you a veteran claiming Post Traumatic Stress and requesting a discharge upgrade?

On September 3, 2014, the Secretary of Defense issued a memorandum providing guidance to the Board for Correction of Naval Records (Secretary Hagel Memo) as it considers petitions brought by veterans claiming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with other than honorable conditions discharge. This includes a comprehensive review of all materials and evidence provided by the applicant. A memo providing further clarifying guidance was issued on August 25, 2017, by the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (USD P&R Memo). This policy guidance is intended to ease the application process for veterans who are seeking redress and assists the Board in reaching fair and consistent results in these cases. The guidance also mandates liberal waivers of time limits, ensures timely consideration of petitions, and allows for increased involvement of medical personnel in Board determinations. The guidance provides that liberal consideration will be given by the Board for Correction of Naval Records in petitions for changes in characterization of service. The supplemental guidance outlines specifically what type of records and evidence will be given special and liberal consideration by the boards.


The Defense Department announced a renewed effort to ensure veterans are aware of
the opportunity to have their discharges and military records reviewed.

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