Correcting Your Military Record

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Help After You're Out: Correcting Your Military Record

Each branch of military has its own procedures for correcting the military records of its members and former members. Correction of a military record may result in eligibility for VA and other benefits -- such as back pay and military retirement -- that the veteran (or survivors) could not otherwise get. Generally, a request for correction must be filed within three years after the discovery of the alleged error or injustice. 

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If you believe there is an error in your military record, apply in writing to the appropriate Service using a DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military or Naval Record. The form can be submitted by the veteran, survivor, or a legal representative. 

Get a copy from any VA office listed in the local telephone directory or download the form from the National Archives website.

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