April 29, 2021

DOD Announces Creation of New Board of Appeals for Service Members

Recently, DOD announced a new board of appeals for service members with a less than honorable discharge or dismissal occurring after December 20, 2019. This new board, titled the Discharge Appeal Review Board (DARB), was created by the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020. The Air Force has been selected as the branch that will oversee this new board. The DARB will be provide a final review for discharge upgrade requests once petitioners have exhausted all available administrative remedies at the Discharge Review Board and the Board for Correction of Military/Naval Records. The DARB is a document review board only with no provision for personal appearances by service members. Additionally, veterans are not permitted to introduce any new evidence at the DARB.