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Amend / Change DD 214 (or Other Military Records)

Published 09/10/2004 10:11 AM   |    Updated 10/07/2019 06:57 AM

How do I amend my DD 214?

You can obtain instructions for changing/correcting your military service record or changing your discharge status by leaving the VA website and going to: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/correct-service-records.html.

If your military service record requires a change or correction, you will need to submit DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Records to the relevant service branch (branch addresses are provided on the form). To obtain this form, you will need to leave the VA Website and go to: http://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/forms/dd/dd0149.pdf

If you need to change your discharge status you will generally need to submit DD Form 293, Application for the Review of Discharge or Dismissal from the Armed Forces of the United States to the relevant service branch (branch addresses are provided on the form). To obtain this form, you will need to leave the VA Website and go tohttp://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/forms/dd/dd0293.pdf.

Changes to DD 214 or other military records cannot be done through the VA. Such requests for change must be processed through the Department of Defense, Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA).

For Army records, you may also contact the Department of Defense, ARBA.

The ARDA address is:
Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA)
ATTN: Client Information and Quality Assurance
Arlington, VA 22202-4508

You may also send an e-mail to: army.arbainquiry@mail.mil.

The Army Review Boards Agency also maintains a website where you may complete an application for a change. The address is: http://arba.army.pentagon.mil/online-application.html.