Most people in the military or retired from the military have heard of the Board for Correction of Military Records (BCMRs). There are three of them, representing the Army, Navy and Air Force. What people may not know is what the members of these boards can do. The members of the BCMRs have extensive authority. If you are able to convince the board that an error or injustice exists in your records, there is almost no limit to their ability to change your military records. Sometimes, just by changing your records, the board changes your status. For example, they have the ability to change the reason for your discharge, change the reentry code on your DD214 or order a Special Selection Board to reconsider you for promotion. These are just a few of the ways they can help. Sometimes it seems that the BCMRs change records simply out of fairness and equity. In 2012 for example, the ABCMR moved a General Officer Memorandum of Reprimand from the official file of a Reserve Major into his local file even after the Department of the Army Suitability Board (DASEB) refused to do so. The ABCMR simply felt that it was time and that the Army Major had been punished long enough. In this 2012 ABCMR case (AR20120002418), the officer was found to be drunk and disorderly at an off-post club, directed abusive, profane language toward junior enlisted Soldiers and used racially-degrading language in the presence of junior enlisted Soldiers. The officer was given a GOMOR for his misconduct in 2008. The officer then faced a show cause board and the board voted to retain the officer. In addition to the evidence regarding the show cause board’s decision, the applicant submitted stellar past and present OERs for consideration. He also provided eight letters of support for consideration. The ABCMR noted that the show cause board in this case would not have occurred if it had not been for the GOMOR in his file. Also, the ABCMR noted that the applicant in this case was not placed in as good of an assignment as he would have been because of the occurrence. Based on all of the secondary negative effects that the applicant faced after the GOMOR filing, as well as his stellar past and present performance, the ABCMR decided that the GOMOR had served its intended purpose. Despite, the DASEB’s decision not to, the ABCMR decided to transfer the GOMOR from his official file to his restricted file. Not too long ago, one of these boards actually changed my client’s discharge records in a way that he was not only reinstated into his Service, he was given a promotion. That board’s decision changed my client’s future. With the stroke of a pen, these boards have the ability to change lives. I have a lot of experience submitting requests to the BCMRs. If you feel that an error or injustice has occurred and your military records need to be changed give me a call. Also, if you have already applied to a board and not gotten relief, you may have the opportunity for a second chance at a BCMR. To speak to an experienced court-martial and military defense attorney, call Bill Cassara at 706-860-5769 for a free consultation.