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Looking into getting re code upgraded, if possible.

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Looking into getting re code upgraded, if possible.

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I have an re 4 code on my dd214.

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Thank you for trusting your question to JA today. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of law practice and over 20 years of experience in the legal field. I’m happy to be of assistance.

It is possible, but very difficult. The process itself is not difficult. You just file a DD Form 149 with the military records corrections board and that board can change an RE code if they see fit.

The issue though is that RE codes were never intended to be upgraded. An upgrade is the idea that after some period of time, without any other problems, the military will just improve the original RE code or characterization. That never happens. It's not even a possibility.

What really happens, in a few narrow circumstances, is that a person can prove that their RE Code (or characterization of service) was inaccurate or it was an injustice based on the facts considered.

For example, if you were supposed to get an RE-2, but they just recorded it incorrectly, that would be inaccurate and the record could be changed. If you could prove that racism or sexism resulted in a more harsh RE code for you than received by others, that would be an injustice.

Without that sort of argument though, you can't get an your RE code changed.

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