Board of Corrections
of Military Records
Whether you are on active duty, retired or a veteran, if you have erroneous or unjust adverse matters in your military record, then you are at risk of losing your military career, VA benefits, and civilian employment opportunities. However, you have the right to file a petition with the Board of Corrections of Military Records (“BCMR”) to have erroneous or unjust matters removed or corrected.
Each branch of the service has their own BCMR, policies and procedures. The Army BCMR is called the Army Review Board, the Air Force has the Board for Correction of Air Force Records, the Navy and Marine Corps has the Board for Correction of Naval Records, and the Coast Guard calls it the Board of Correction of Military Records. Regardless, of the differences, all branches of the service require the use of the same DD Form 149 petition when requesting corrections to your military record.
Prior to filing a BCMR petition, you should seek other administrative remedies to correct the error or injustice. For example, you should appeal an NJP before filing a petition with the BCMR to have the NJP removed from your record. Similarly, if you are seeking to have your discharge upgraded, you must first file a petition to the Discharge Review Board.
You have three years from the date you discover, or reasonably could have discovered, the error or injustice to file a BCMR petition. The BCMR will review the merits of any delay and may waive the delay if the interests of justice will be served.
The burden of proof is on you to prove an error or injustice exists. Therefore, it is very important you present the right documents and witness statements to ensure the error or injustice is removed from your military record.