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an  administrative  board  is  convened.  Commands should send the processed case to the Chief of Naval Personnel within 30 working days from the date the member  is  notified. .  A  total  of  55  working  days  from  the  date  a command notifies a member of the commencement of a separation processing to the date of separation when final  action  on  the  case  is  required  by  SECNAV. Commands should send the letter of transmittal or message within 10 working days from the date the member is notified or submit a letter of transmittal within 30 working days from the date the member is notified  and  an  administrative  board  has  recommended retention,  or  the  offense(s)  being  considered  is evidenced by an SPCM or a GCM conviction that did not award a punitive discharge. ACTION BY THE SEPARATION AUTHORITY Upon   receipt   of   the   administrative   board proceedings,  the  Chief  of  Naval  Personnel,  as  the separation   authority,   takes   action   regarding   the recommended   discharge   and   recommended characterization   of   service. The  MILPERSMAN outlines  all  the  possible  choices  of  action  that  are available to the Chief of Naval Personnel. If the Chief of Naval Personnel approves the board’s findings and recommendations, in whole or in part, with respect to more than one reason for separation, he or she will designate the most appropriate basis as the primary reason  for  reporting  purposes. THE NAVAL DISCHARGE REVIEW BOARD AND THE BOARD FOR CORRECTION OF NAVAL  RECORDS The  purpose,  jurisdiction,  and  scope  of  the  NDRB and the BCNR will be explained during the separation processing  of  any  member  being  discharged  under  OTH conditions, including members authorized to proceed home in a leave status to await final action on a punitive discharge. An entry will be made on the Administrative Remarks,  NAVPERS  1070/613,  page  13  of  the  service record,   and   signed   by   the   member,   to   signify compliance. The  NDRB  was  established  pursuant  to  the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 to review, as provided  in  10  U.S.C.  $  1553,  upon  the  petition  of whether   under   reasonable   standards   of   naval administration and discipline, the type and nature of the discharge should be changed, corrected, or modified; and  if  so,  to  decide  what  change,  correction,  or modification should be made. The  NDRB  has  no  authority  to  revoke  any discharge; reinstate any person in the military service or recall any person to active duty; waive discharges to permit enlistment in the naval service; cancel enlistment contracts, change, correct, or modify any document other than the discharge document; change the reason for discharge from or to physical disability; or determine eligibility for veterans’ benefits. The  BCNR  was  established  under  the  Legislative Reorganization  Act  of  1946  to  relieve  the  Congress  of the burden of considering private bills for the correction of naval records. When  a  no-change  decision  has  been  rendered  by the NDRB, a petition may then be filed with the BCNR within 3 years of the date of discovery of the error or injustice. In  connection  with  review  of  executed  discharges by both the NDRB and the BCNR, there is no law or regulation that provides that an unfavorable discharge may be upgraded based solely on the passage of time or good conduct in civilian life subsequent to leaving the service. Applications  for  review  should  be  submitted  on  the Application for Correction of Military Records, DD Form 149, in the case of BCNR, and the Application for the Review of Discharge or Dismissal from the Armed Services, DD Form 293, in the case of NDRB. These forms may be obtained by writing to the Board for Correction  of  Naval  Records,  Washington,  DC  20370  or the Naval Discharge Review Board Suite 905, 81 N. Randolph  Street,  Arlington,  Virginia  22203. SUMMARY As  an  LN  the  serious  nature  of  administrative separations cannot be taken lightly. Although you may not encounter administrative separation processing on a daily basis, you should appreciate the detail that goes into the overall process. For example, as you saw during the Administrative Board section, if the CA is not careful when selecting board members the CA could jeopardize the entire case. Your familiarization with applicable regulations  regarding  specific  administrative  separation cases will enhance both your job performance and the Navy’s as well, A case that is processed properly makes for a smooth transition of events from the command to BUPERS. 9-24 . . l a.  –-–

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