The purpose of the Naval Discharge Review Board (NDRB) is to review and determine whether a service member's discharge was granted in a proper manner and was fair and equitable considering the regulations in effect at the time of the discharge.
Effective 6 February 2015, the NDRB is authorized to change a NDRB applicants Reenlistment Code if related to an accompanying change in discharge characterization or narrative, but this authority is strictly limited to those cases where an applicants narrative reason or characterization of discharge is changed and that change warrants revision of the previously issued reenlistment code. Additionally, the NDRB has no authority to upgrade a discharge for the sole purpose of enhancing reenlistment opportunities. An unfavorable "RE-CODE" is, in itself, not a bar to reenlistment. A request for a waiver can be submitted during the processing of a formal application for reenlistment through a recruiter.
Within 15 years of discharge a former service member (Applicant) may request a change in the Character of Service (Block 24 on DD Form 214) or the Narrative Reason for Separation (Block 28 on DD Form 214) (or both) using DD Form 293 (Application for the Review of Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States).
The NDRB is authorized to change a NDRB Applicant's Reenlistment Code if related to an accompanying change in discharge characterization or narrative, but this authority is strictly limited to those cases where an applicant's narrative reason or characterization of discharge is changed and that change warrants revision of the previously issued reenlistment code.
2. The NDRB does not have the authority to:
3. The NDRB reviews dischargers on the bases of propriety and equity. The Standards used by the NDRB are set forth in Secretary of the Navy Instruction 5420.174D. The Applicant should review those standards before submitting any issue upon which the Applicant believes a change in discharge should be based.
4. There are two types of reviews: Documentary Record Review and Personal Appearance Hearing. Each Applicant is entitled to one (1) Documentary Record Review and one (1) Personal Appearance Hearing. It is recommended that an Applicant apply for a Documentary Record Review first, followed by a personal Appearance Hearing if full relief is not granted. However, should the Applicant apply for and receive a Personal Appearance Hearing first, the Applicant is no longer eligible for a Documentary Record Review.
5. The NDRB conducts all Documentary Record Reviews and Personal Appearance Hearings at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC. An Applicant is not present for the Documentary Review but must appear for the Personal Appearance Hearing. The NDRB does not have a traveling panel.
6. The completed DD Form 293 (including signature and date) and DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) (Member's Copy 4) should be mailed to:
Applicant With An Inactive Case / Returning Applicant
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