Assistant for BCNR Matters
What the Assistant does: Acts as liaison for Navy Personnel Command (NPC) to the Board for Correction of Naval Records.
Background: The BCNR was created by Congress in 1947 to provide a method for correction of errors or removal of injustices from current and former Navy and Marine Corps member's records without the necessity for private legislation.
The BCNR is not a branch of NPC. It is a separate shore activity under the direction and supervision of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs.
Law governs BCNR by 10 U.S.C. Sec 1551-1557
Helpful Hints for Petitioning BCNR
1. Download the DD Form 149, print it, fill it out COMPLETELY, and sign it. You must sign the application as BCNR cannot act on your behalf without your signature authorizing them, through the Privacy Act, to review your record.
2. Identify the specific error or injustice, submit sufficient information to permit BCNR to determine whether relief is warranted and include any other relevant information. If in doubt include it, that information could be what ultimately proves that an error or injustice exists.
3. When you have completed the application, you have two options; you can fax or mail your application directly to BCNR.
Additional links of interest
SECNAVINST 5420.193: Establishes procedures for making application and the consideration of applications for correction of military records of current and former members of the Navy and Marine Corps by the Secretary of the Navy acting through the BCNR under Title 10 USC Sect. 1552.
NAVPERSCOMINST 5420.1: Administration of Board for Correction of Naval Records (BCNR) Applications within Navy Personnel Command (NAVPERSCOM).