DoD Discharge Upgrade

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Step-by-Step Guide: How To Apply for a Discharge Upgrade

Discharge Upgrade Basics

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DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

A Certificate of Release or Report of Separation is generally issued when a service member performs active duty or at least 90 consecutive days of active duty training. It is used to prove military service for benefits, retirement, employment, and membership in veterans' organizations.
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Discharge Conditions

When a member of the Armed Forces is released from their obligation to serve, he or she receives a formal discharge which is identified on the DD-214 Certificate of Release or other separation documents.  There are five ways to characterize a discharge:

• Honorable;

• General (under honorable conditions);

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DoD Memorandum Clarifying Guidance to Discharge Review Boards Considering Requests for Discharge Modifications Due to Mental Health Conditions, TBI, Sexual Assault, or Sexual Harassment

Generally

On August 25, 2017, the Department of Defense (DoD) issued a Memorandum clarifying guidance to Military Discharge Review Boards and Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records considering requests by veterans for modification of their Discharge due to mental health conditions, traumatic brain injury, sexual assault, or sexual harassment. 

Requests for discharge relief typcially involve four questions:

Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program

Get free appeal help to the CAVC from the Veterans Consortium

Help with Discharge Upgrades and VA benefit denials from the BVA (a high-level appeal).

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Discharge Problems Associated with Traumatic Brain Injury

Receiving either a bad conduct discharge or a personality disorder discharge can result in serious negative consequences for a person suffering from a TBI or PTSD.

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Army Board for Correction of Military Records

The Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR) is the highest level of administrative review within the Department of the Army with the mission to correct errors in or remove injustices from Army military records.
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Army Discharge Review Board

The Board reviews discharges of former soldiers, except those given by reason of a sentence of a General Court Martial or over 15 years since discharge. The purpose of the review is to determine if the discharge was granted in a proper manner.

DD Form 293 - Application for Review of Discharge from the Armed Forces

Department of Defense Form 293 is used to request an upgrade of a military discharge from the appropriate discharge review board. You can access a fillable PDF version of the form here.