You can apply to the Discharge Review Board (DRB) of your branch of the service for a discharge upgrade or a change in the discharge reason (that is, character of service).To get your discharge upgraded or your character of service changed, you will have to show that your discharge was “improper" or "inequitable." Improper means factually incorrect or inconsistent with the law.It can be very difficult to get a discharge upgrade, even with the information in this article, so it is advisable to retain an attorney after you learn about the basics. If you have a general courts-martial discharge or want to a change your discharge to or from medical retirement or medical discharge, you will have to apply to the Board for Correction of Military Records.DRBs do not have authority to make these sorts of changes.When the court ruled against the Army for this practice, the Army established a program which allowed soldiers who were involuntarily discharged under the above circumstances to get an "automatic" discharge upgrade.This policy launched an ongoing rumor that anyone who receives a discharge lower than honorable could easily get their discharges upgraded.
In other words, the court said it was okay to discharge for such urinalysis results, but it was not okay to base the service-characterization on such results.To apply online, visit this page, click and answer the questions.When you’re done, print, sign and either fax to 314 801-9195 or mail the signature page to the address listed on the request form.There are two different types of military boards that can review your discharge papers.One is the Discharge Review Board (DRB), which will be discussed in this article.
DD-214s can be requested either on-line or by mail.