4 Replies Latest reply on Jul 31, 2020 8:24 PM by Chad Lewis

    Seeking to correct DD-214 by adding awards & commendations


      How do I go about having awards and commendations added to my DD-214 that were not put on it originally?

        • Re: Seeking to correct DD-214 by adding awards & commendations
          Elliot Schneider Guide



          Do you have any additional information. It really depends on branch of service, and really what you are trying to prove. Give you an example my father spent 28 years in the Army Reserves and was never issued the Army Reserve Gorces Medal.


          Long story short I had obtain his pay stubs from DFAS and Annual points statement. Then submitted paperwork to the Army Awards and Decorations Branch for approval. Then they submitted orders and sent medal. Also had them correct his discharge to reject unit war credit for amphibious assult landings.


          So it really depends on what branch, many have their own way dealings, and you may need to show burden of the proof.



          For army you cannot Reccomend yourself

          You need to find someone in direct contact or knowledge of such events. I've heard of some veterans using Congressional help in getting recommendations approved.




          Elliot Schneider

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            • Re: Seeking to correct DD-214 by adding awards & commendations


              I am a U.S. Army veteran.  The award is the Presidential Service Badge that I earned for time served at the White House.  I have the certificate of award, as well as the badge that is on the right breast pocket of my Class A's.  It was not recorded on my DD-214 in the appropriate box when I ETS'd and I would like to have it added.  It is an award in which those of us who received it, take a great deal of pride.  Thank you for your response.


              In a subsequent reply, Rebecca has described how to have it done.  I appreciate the direction from both of you.



            • Re: Seeking to correct DD-214 by adding awards & commendations
              Rebecca Collier Guide

              Dear Mr. Lewis,


              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              The National Archives does not make alterations of any kind to the records in our holdings., including DD-214s  In order to request a correction you will need to submit a DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Records.  The second page outlines which address you must send it to depending on your branch of service.  Please visit the National Personnel Records Center’s web page on the topic for more information.


              We hope this is helpful.

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