NDRB Frequently Asked Questions

  1. CAN THE BOARD CHANGE RE-CODES?New Item
  2. CAN THE NDRB UPGRADE OR CHANGE NARRATIVE REASON SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF GAINING ELIGIBILITY FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS?New Item
  3. MY DISCHARGE IS OVER 15 YRS AGO, CAN I STILL APPLY?New Item
  4. HOW DO I APPLY?
  5. WHY DOES THE BOARD CHANGE A “CHARACTER” OR “NARRATIVE” REASON?
  6. WHAT SHOULD I SEND IN WITH MY APPLICATION? 
  7. CAN I RECEIVE AUTOMATIC UPGRADE AFTER 6 MONTHS?
  8. WHY DO I NEED TO WAIT 9 MONTHS BEFORE APPLYING?
  9. WHO CAN BE MY REPRESENTATIVE?

  10. HOW QUICKLY WILL I GET AN ANSWER?

  11. I WANT TO GO DIRECTLY TO A PERSONAL APPEARANCE HEARING?

  12. WHEN WILL I HEAR BACK REGARDING MY APPLICATION?

  13. CAN I STILL SUBMIT DOCUMENTS?

  14. HOW DO I WITHDRAW MY APPLICATION?

  15. IS IT TOO LATE TO GET A REP?

  16. HOW DO I CHECK THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

  17. HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE HEARING?

  18. HOW DO I GET TO THE NDRB/NAVY YARD?

  19. WHERE DO I STAY?

  20. WHERE CAN I PARK ON THE WASHINGTON NAVY YARD?

  21. WHO CAN I BRING?

  22. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?

  23. HOW DO I ARRANGE FOR REPRESENTATION?

  24. WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO BE THERE?

  25. WHEN WILL I BE DONE?

  26. HOW DO I CANCEL MY PERSONAL APPEARANCE HEARING?

  27. WILL I RECEIVE MY DECISION THE DAY OF MY PERSONAL APPEARANCE HEARING?

  28. HOW DO I APPEAL MY DECISION?

     

     


CAN THE BOARD CHANGE RE-CODES?

The Naval Discharge Review Board cannot and will not review reenlistment or re-codes.  Do not send DD Form 149 to us.  All requests of this type must be sent to the Board for Correction of Naval Records (703-614-1402).  

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CAN THE NDRB UPGRADE OR CHANGE NARRATIVE REASON SOLELY FOR THE PURPOSE OF GAINING ELIGIBILITY FOR EDUCATION AND EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS?

No! The Naval Discharge Review Board does not upgrade or change narrative reasons for the purpose of educational and employment benefits as it relates to the VA or any other government agency.  Our mission is to review upgrades and/or narrative reason to ensure there was no impropriety or equity in each case.

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MY DISCHARGE IS OVER 15 YRS AGO, CAN I STILL APPLY?

You must petition to the Board for Correction of Naval Records and submit a DD Form 149.

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HOW DO I APPLY?

Are you eligible?  Click here

If you are eligible, the NDRB application process requires the completion of DD Form 293, click here to access and print the form (You will not be able to access DD Form 293 without Adobe Acrobat being installed on your computer).  If you need to install Adobe Acrobat on your computer, click here to obtain a free copy of the software and click on “Download Now” to download the software to your computer.  Additionally, you must include a copy of your DD Form 214 (member’s copy 4) before the application process is complete.  You can request a copy of your DD Form 214 by clicking on the following link:  http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/dd-214.html

Once the form is completed, the form must be SIGNED, DATED, and mailed to the following address:

SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
COUNCIL OF REVIEW BOARDS
ATTN: NAVAL DISCHARGE REVIEW BOARD
720 KENNON ST SE STE 309
WASHINGTON NAVY YARD, DC 20374-5023
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WHY DOES THE BOARD CHANGE A “CHARACTER” OR “NARRATIVE” REASON?

The board may change the character or narrative reason if during the course of review,  it is determined that  the discharge was improper/inequitable.

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WHAT SHOULD I SEND IN WITH MY APPLICATION? 

Any supporting documentation and issues to support your case, including your Certificate of Discharge (DD Form 214) must accompany your application.

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CAN I RECEIVE AUTOMATIC UPGRADE AFTER 6 MONTHS?

This is simply a rumor and there is no truth to it -- discharges are not automatically upgraded after 6 months.

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WHY DO I NEED TO WAIT 9 MONTHS BEFORE APPLYING?

Your service record and medical record will not be available until about 9 months after your discharge from the service.

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WHO CAN BE MY REPRESENTATIVE?

Veterans service organizations at no cost or private legal representation at your own expense.

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HOW QUICKLY WILL I GET AN ANSWER?

Once your application is accepted it generally takes about 9 – 12 months.

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I WANT TO GO DIRECTLY TO A PERSONAL APPEARANCE HEARING?

The Naval Discharge Review Board recommends that each applicant receive a document review first, then a personal appearance hearing.  If you decide on a personal appearance hearing first,  you forfeit your opportunity for a record review.

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WHEN WILL I HEAR BACK REGARDING MY APPLICATION?

Response time is usually 5 to 7 days after receipt of application.  You will receive an acceptance letter as confirmation.

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CAN I STILL SUBMIT DOCUMENTS? 

Yes, additional documents can be submitted anytime up until document review or personal appearance hearing.

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HOW DO I WITHDRAW MY APPLICATION?

You may withdraw your application at anytime by writing to the Board or calling the Board and follow up with a letter.

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IS IT TOO LATE TO GET A REP? 

Depending on how long your case has been in our office.  Process time is 9 to 12 months.  You may request representation during and prior to scheduled hearing date.

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HOW DO I CHECK THE STATUS OF MY APPLICATION?

You may call our office (202-685-6600), office hours from 6:00 am to 3:30 pm.  You can call and leave a message on our voicemail after hours, submit a written request for status or contact via email at NDRB_INBOX@nmci-isf.com

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HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE HEARING?

Assemble all the supporting documents you want to present at your personal appearance hearing and be ready to articulate your issue to the board.  Make arrangements to meet with your representative/counsel and any witnesses prior to your hearing date.

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HOW DO I GET TO THE NDRB/NAVY YARD?

http://www.donhq.navy.mil/corb/Washington Navy Yard_map_V6.mht

Note:   Applicant must have a valid driver’s license, valid registration, and proof of insurance.   Upon entering the Washington Navy Yard you must go to the visitor’s center and request a visitor’s pass for self and vehicle.  Applicant should request direction to the parking garage and where to park from the visitor’s center.

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WHERE DO I STAY?

http://www.donhq.navy.mil/corb/local_lodging.htm

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WHERE CAN I PARK ON THE WASHINGTON NAVY YARD?

http://www.ndw.navy.mil/SpecialEvent/Parking/Index.htm

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WHO CAN I BRING?

The Board does not provide childcare services, however you may bring spouse, witnesses/counsel/representative

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WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?

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HOW DO I ARRANGE FOR REPRESENTATION?

Applicant, at their expense, may obtain representation from a civilian attorney.  Representation should be obtained no later then when applicant responds to the scheduling notice.

 Note:  There are free representatives available.  Applicant must contact the individual organization before listing them as their representative.

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WHAT TIME DO I NEED TO BE THERE?

The applicant, witnesses and representative/counsel should arrive by 8:00 am the day of the hearing.

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WHEN WILL I BE DONE?

The length of each personal appearance hearing depends on length of testimony, questions and number of witnesses.

 Note:  Travel arrangements made for departure should be no earlier than late afternoon/early evening.

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HOW DO I CANCEL MY PERSONAL APPEARANCE HEARING?

Contact the Naval Discharge Review Board (202) 685-6600 and request your case be closed without further action.

 Note:  Once you have closed your case without further action you will need to start the process over, if you so desire.  (The application must be received within 15 years of the date of your discharge.)

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WILL I RECEIVE MY DECISION THE DAY OF MY PERSONAL APPEARANCE HEARING?

The Naval Discharge Review Board will mail your decision to the current address on file.

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HOW DO I APPEAL MY DECISION?

Refer to Enclosure (5) of DoDI 1332.28 for complaint guidelines.

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