Not all discharge decisions are inherently final. Pursuant to Federal statute, each military branch maintains a Discharge Review Board, composed of civilians and members of the military, which meets regularly to review submissions and hear oral arguments in favor of applicants. These boards are authorized to reconsider discharges not ordered by sentence of a general court-martial and non-medical in nature; upgrade characterization of service; issue re-enlistment codes; and restore rank as a matter of propriety and/or equity and fairness.
Veterans seeking a discharge upgrade or other forms of relief may petition the relevant military department for a review of discharge. We recommend seeking professional advice from Military Justice Attorneys before submitting this request.