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Overview
Air Force Discharge Review Board
The objective of the Air Force Discharge Review Board is to examine an applicant's administrative discharge and to change the characterization of service or the reason for discharge based on standards of equity or propriety. (Exceptions: Discharge or dismissal by general court-martial and discharges more than 15 years old. These issues are addressed by the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records). The AFDRB is not authorized to revoke any discharge, to reinstate any person who has been separated from the Air Force, or to recall any person to active duty. Bad-conduct discharges given as a result of a special court-martial may be upgraded only on the basis of clemency. The AFDRB will consider applications on a records review basis only or through a personal appearance in Washington, D.C.. (Joint Base Andrews, Md.). The AFDRB also travels to regional locations to accommodate personal appearances. The AFDRB conducts reviews in one of three ways at the applicant's option:
  • Applicant personally appears before the Board with or without counsel
  • Counsel appears on the applicant's behalf
  • The Board evaluates the case based on documentation in the military record and additional evidence provided by the applicant
  • This gives the applicant latitude in presenting evidence, witnesses, and testimony in support of his/her case
You may engage private counsel at your own expense or you may contact one of the Veterans' Service Organizations which provide free counsel or a representative to assist.
Air Force Discharge Review Board Regional Locations
  • West Region - California -- Sacramento
  • East Region - Georgia -- Atlanta
  • Mid-West Region - Texas -- San Antonio
  • AFDRB Home Base - Washington D.C. -- Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Note: Washington DC board meets regularly. The AFDRB also holds hearings at these alternate locations.
Form and Publications
  • DD Form 293, Application for the Review of Discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States
  • DoD Instruction 1332.28, Discharge Review Board (DRB) Procedures and Standards
  • DoD Directive 1332.41, Boards for Correction of Military Records (BCMRs) and Discharge Review Boards(DRBs)
If you have difficulty downloading DD Form 293 or printing it you may write to:
SAF/MRBR
550 C Street W. Suite 40
Joint Base San Antonio - Randolph, TX 78150-4742
(Updated as of May 2013)

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