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  • The Department of the Navy has a maze of administrative review boards which can be difficult to navigate. Understanding the different boards, their functions, and the type of relief that can be granted is critical for Sailors and Marines seeking to correct their official military record.

    MJA has successfully helped service members correct errors and injustices in their military records. If you need relief from one of the Navy’s administrative review boards, contact us today for your free consultation.


    The Secretary of the Navy Council of Review Boards (SECNAVCORB) is an administrative body within the Department of the Navy (DON) that reviews cases, conducts hearings, and renders decisions on behalf of the Secretary of the Navy. The SECNAVCORB is comprised of the following boards:

    • Physical Evaluation Board (PEB)
    • Combat-Related Special Compensation Board (CRSCB)
    • Naval Discharge Review Board (NDRB)
    • Naval Complaints Review Board (NCRB)
    • Naval Clemency and Parole Board (NCPB)
    • Navy Department’s Board of Decorations and Medals (NDBDM)
    • Disability Review Board (DRB)


    Physical Evaluation Board: The PEB administers the DON Disability Evaluation System and makes determinations regarding a service member’s fitness to continue naval service, entitlement to benefits, disability ratings, and disposition of evaluated service members. It is comprised of the informal and formal PEB.

    Combat-Related Special Compensation Board: The CRSCB determines the eligibility and entitlement of former and retired Navy and Marine Corps members to combat-related special compensation. Combat Related Special Compensation is a tax-free entitlement created for disability and non-disability military retirees with combat-related disabilities.

    Naval Discharge Review Board: The NDRB reviews the characterization of service and reason for discharge of former members of the Navy and Marine Corps (except those discharged by reason of sentence of general court–martial, or when more than 15 years has elapsed from the date of discharge). The NDRB has the authority to change, correct, or modify any discharge.

    Naval Complaints Review Board: The NCRB reviews complaints pertaining to NDRB decisions properly referred by the Joint Services Review Activity.

    Navy Clemency and Parole Board: The NC&PB reviews and makes determinations regarding clemency, parole, or mandatory supervised release in properly referred Navy and Marine Corps cases. The NC&PB also reviews and makes recommendations regarding Naval policy and procedures in clemency, parole, and mandatory supervised release matters.

    Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals: The NDBDM assists in all matters of policy, procedures, and administration concerning Navy and Marine Corps decorations, medals, and ribbons. The NDBDM reviews and recommends action on awards submitted to SECNAV for approval and reviews awards issued by awarding authorities.

    Disability Review Board: The DRB reviews disability decisions and forwards a recommendation for final decision by the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs). Former service members who were separated or retired from active duty without pay because of physical disability may to apply to this board.

    Personnel Security Appeals Board: The PSAB decides appeals of unfavorable personnel security determinations (including SCI access) made by the DON Central Adjudication Facility.

    If a service member’s petition to a SECNAVCORB is denied, the service member can appeal to the Board for Correction of Naval Record (BCNR). BCNR is the highest level of administrative review within the Department of the Navy/Marine Corps to correct errors or injustice to member’s records.


    The Department of Defense requires an “Electronic Reading Room” for the Military Departments’ Boards for the Corrections of Military/Naval Records and the Discharge Review Boards. The reading room contains decisions for each of the Boards from October 1998 to the present for public research. Applicants intending to file a petition with the SECNAVCORB should search the “Reading Room” for decisional documents which may be helpful to their petition.

    The “Reading Room” also contains board statistics. These statistics track the number and type of applications filed, whether the petitions involve claims of mental health or sexual assault, and in what percentage of cases the boards granted relief.


    MJA has successfully helped service members correct errors and injustices in their military records. If you believe you may be entitled to relief, contact us today for your free consultation.


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