Copies of military discharges are available to the discharged Veteran, next of kin, or legal representative if filed with the Veterans Affairs Office.
Copies which are not available from the Lexington County Veterans Affairs Office may be obtained from:
National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St. Louis. MO 63138
Using a SF Form 180. (The form may be obtained from the Lexington County Veterans Affairs Office or http://www.archives.gov/veterans/)
Veterans are encouraged to record their military discharges (DD-214) with the Veterans Affairs Office. The original is returned to the Veteran and certified copies can be made if needed.
DD214s were issued after 1950. Prior to 1950, discharges were known as a WD AGO form. DD214s recorded in the past at the Lexington County Courthouse are now located in our office.
If you are unable to locate a discharge for a WWII Veteran or surviving spouse, we have WWII Roster books with discharge information in the office. This book is only good for WWII Veterans that entered service from South Carolina. The VA will accept the information contained in this book as discharge information.
Discharge Corrections and Upgrades
For Discharge Corrections, DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military or Naval Record, must be used to apply for correction of military records. It should be submitted, along with supporting evidence, to one of the review boards listed below:
Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA)
ATTN: Client Information and Quality Assurance
Arlington, VA 22202-4508
NAVY & MARINE CORPS
Board for Correction of Naval Records
2 Navy Annex, Room 2432
Washington, DC 20370-5100
Board for Correction of Military Records (C-60)
400 7th Street SW
Washington, DC 20590
Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records
1535 Command Drive
EE Wing 3rd Floor
Andrews AFB, DC 20331-7002
For Military Upgrades, DD Form 293, Application for the Review of Discharge or Dismissal from the Armed Forces of the United States, is the form that is used to request a military discharge upgrade. It should be submitted, along with supporting evidence, to one of the review boards listed below:
Army Discharge Review Board
1901 South Bell Street, 2nd Floor
Arlington, VA 22202-4508
NAVY & MARINE CORP
Navy Discharge Review Board
801 North Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22203
Air Force Military Personnel Center
Randolph AFB, TX 78150-6001
Washington, DC 20593
For more information on Discharge Corrections or Upgrades, please visit the following branch of service websites:
Navy and Marine Corp:
For Re-enlistment Code Changes: There are a few ways to go about this. The first is to seek an RE code change during a discharge upgrade. The other is to request a change to your RE code when you apply to the Board of Corrections for Military Records for your branch of service. Technically, you are seeking a correction based on an error or injustice rather than a change.