how hard is it to upgrade a under honorable discharge that I received nearly 17 years ago? Im trying to obtain a law enforcement position and would need an honorable discharge Im not looking for benefits just need to know if its possible?
State/Country relating to question: Colorado
just starting out but if possible need to know a starting course of action
Thank you for your question today, I look forward to assisting you. I have nearly 20 years of legal experience in various disciplines, including JAG.The problem here is that you've allowed the time frame for the easier DD Form 293 upgrade process to pass. You have 15 years from the date of your separation to file that upgrade request. It is not easy, but reasonably possible in that process.Unfortunately, you are beyond that time frame. The only process you can now use is the DD Form 149 process with the military records corrections board. This is much more difficult because their focus is not the same. With the upgrade board, you can show positive life changes and things you've done since leaving to encourage upgrade. You can also mention things that you'd like to do with the upgrade.You can't do those things with the DD Form 149 board. All they care about is whether or not the original discharge status was an error or an injustice at the time it was given.Regrettably, that is the only process available to you now.
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