Change Your Military Discharge

For some the last day of military service is a sad day and for others it is a happy time.  Regardless of how you feel about your military service, the discharge papers you receive can have a profound effect on the rest of your life in two important areas.

First, the type of discharge you receive will determine your eligibility for military benefits.  The two primary benefits are the Montgomery GI Bill and the VA Health Care System.  Depending on what type of discharge you receive, you may or may not be eligible to receive these benefits.  Second, when seeking employment as a civilian, most veterans like to promote their military service in their resume, and naturally many employers like to see proof of your service.  This proof comes in the form of your DD 214.  Every veteran has one, and you will want to be able to show it to your employer.  If it states anything other than an Honorable Discharge, you may face employment discrimination.

Despite what you may have been told, you can change your DD 214.  Jones & Devoy LLP has worked with many military veterans, and knows how to help you change your military discharge status. Veterans looking to change their military discharge status usually have received one of the following marks on their DD 214:

  • General Discharge
  • General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions
  • Under Other Than Honorable Conditions
  • Dishonorable Conditions

Additionally, some veterans have received an honorable discharge but are unable to reenlist due to a bar placed on their DD 214.  This bar can be found in your reenlistment code.  Reenlistment codes can also be changed, and our office can help you achieve your goal of reenlisting in the military.

Information about your reenlistment code, and discharge status can be found in the following areas of your DD 214:

  • Type of Separation
  • Character of Service
  • Separation Code
  • Reentry Code
  • Narrative Reason For Separation

If you desire to change your military discharge, statistics show that those with an attorney succeed for more often than those without.  Our office would be proud to help you make this change and receive the benefits you have earned. 

Our lead attorney, Daniel R. Devoy, is also a military veteran.  Mr. Devoy is available to speak with veterans nationwide about there military discharge status.  To send Mr. Devoy an email or contact him to inquire about changing your military discharge status, click here

To view a description of all areas that our Firm can assist a military veteran, click here.


  1. Mike Rangel May 24, 2012 at 12:23 am

    Just curious if I am able to change my discharge from OTH to hopefully something higher for some benefits. This occurred almost 20 years ago. Since then, I have gone to college and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business – Public Administration and have been a law enforcement officer since 1999. I have to say that the military training that I received helped me develop into who I am today, but that OTH discharge is truly embarrassing for a mistake I made when I was a kid. Oh, and the discharge was for AWOL.

    • Dan Devoy May 24, 2012 at 3:25 am

      Yes, it is possible to upgrade your discharge. Ideally, you should apply within 15 years. If you are past 15 years, you are required to have a “compelling” reason that caused the delay; however, there really is no definition of “compelling”, so you should not let that hold you back.

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