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Tips for filing an application to the boards for correction of military records (BCMRs)

BCMRs are considered the highest level of administrative appeal for each service. They are tasked with correcting “errors or injustices” and have very broad authority to effectuate relief through records corrections. Here are several key tips to maximize your chances of success.

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Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records (AFBCMR):

32 C.F.R. § 856.0–856.8
Air Force Instruction (AFI) 36-2603
Air Force Pamphlet 36-2607

Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR):

32 C.F.R. § 581.3
Army Regulation (Army Reg.) 15-185

Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR):

32 C.F.R. § 723.1–723.11
Secretary of the Navy Instruction (SECNAVINST) 5420.193

Coast Guard Board for Correction of Military Records (CGBCMR):

33 C.F.R. § 52.1

Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Board for Correction of Military Records (PHSCCBCMR):

Commissioned Corps Personnel Manual (CCPM) 49.9, Instruction 1

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