All too often, when a servicemember’s claim of retaliation is substantiated by an Inspector General, that individual is forced to navigate a complicated and bureaucratic records correction process at the Boards for Correction of Military or Naval Records. To ensure all applications receive fair and thorough consideration from the boards, the bill:
The correction boards have long been seen as needing reform. If this proposal is able to attract bipartisan support and kickstart serious discussion on Capitol Hill, that will be a very good thing.
- Directs military correction boards to conduct evidentiary hearings on significant cases presenting factual discrepancies that cannot be resolved without witness testimony.
- Instructs boards to obtain relevant medical or personnel records if servicemembers make reasonable efforts but are still unable to obtain the records.
- Requires that, to the extent practicable, administrative judges serve as presiding officers of the boards.
- Establishes board membership as a full-time position with a 5-year term limit.