Incorrect information in your military records may affect your VA, retiree, and travel benefits. Here's how to apply to have information in your records changed:
Time Required: 70 Minutes
- Obtain a copy of DD Form 149, "Application for Correction of Military Records."
- Complete the personal information in Section 1.
- In Section 2, indicate the type of discharge you received.
- In Section 3, indicate your current military status (active duty, reserve, retired, separated, etc.).
- In Section 4, indicate your date of discharge, or release from active duty.
- In Section 5, enter the unit you were assigned to when the alleged error occured.
- In Section 6, indicate whether or not you desire to appear personally before the board in Washington D.C.
- If you are being represented by an attorney, enter his/her information in Section 7.
- In Section 8, explain exactly what you wish the board to correct.
- In Section 9, explain why the record is in error, or why it is unjust.
- List attached evidence and other documents in Section 10.
- Enter the date the error was discovered in Section 11. If it's been more than 3 years, give justification for the late application.
- If you are making this application for someone else, complete Section 12.
- Sign the form, and mail the completed application package to the address listed on the reverse side of the DD Form 149.
- Unless the error is "cut & dry," it is a good idea to obtain an experienced attorney to help you with the process.
- It may take several months for the board to review the application and make a determination.