Is it possible to appeal a "other than honorable discharge" from the Navy

Asked over 5 years ago - Sulphur Springs, TX

I received an Other Than Honorable discharge from the Navy in 1986 with the charge of drug abuse-use. I want to upgrade to Honorable. I have read several articles and find that for the most part only a review of the circumstances at the time are considered. My question is what are the avenues that I will need to pursue to achieve the upgrade and how can I factor in life changes ? I have served in the fire service as a public servant for 20 years and retired with rank. I am hoping there is a way to include life history in pursuit of this change.

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  1. Eric Michael Allen

    Contributor Level 10

    Answered . There are avenues to appeal to the service for an upgrade to your discharge level, including up to Federal court (although that is more of a last resort). Make sure you have all your service records, if not, then you should write to the Department of the Navy to get them. An attorney can help you prepare an appeal. Another poster recommended William Cassara (, I can personally recommend Bill as well. Bill practices exclusively in military law and is very good at it.

    There are many lawyers that practice in this area, check out the websites, reputations and rates of a few attorneys and see if they can help you out.

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