What is an
Administrative Separation from naval service?
Separation is a general term
that includes discharge, release from active duty, transfer to the Fleet
Reserve or Retired List, release from custody and control of the military
services, transfer to the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)and like changes
in active or reserve status.
is an Administrative Separation Board or Board of Inquiry?
Boards (Admin Boards) and Boards of Inquiry (Boy ar forums in which a
member of the military service may be processed for an administrative
discharge. They are not punitive in nature.
Admin Boards are for
enlisted personnel and are governed by Chapter 19 of the Naval Military
Personnel Manual (MILPERSMAN) for the Navy, Chapter 12 of the Coast Guard
Personnel Manual, or the Marine Corps Enlisted Separations Manual (MARCORSEPMAN)
for the Marine Corps.
Board of Inquiries are governed by
The Board's determination
about whether misconduct occurred is based upon a preponderance of the
evidence standard. The Board is not bound by a finding of guilty at
a prior mast proceeding; however, the Board is bound if the service
person has been convicted at a court-martial or by a civilian court and
processed for commission of a serious offense referring to the same
What are the applicable rules, standards, regulations pertaining to
SECNAVINST 1920.6C, Administrative Separation of Officers
MILPERSMAN section 1920-200, for officers
What are the two types of
separations given by the Navy to enlisted members?
Punitive discharge and administrative
separation. Different rules apply to officer separations.
What are the types
of administrative discharges?
are four types of administrative separations: honorable, general under
honorable conditions, other than honorable, and entry level separation.
type and characterization of the separation received may affect your
veteran's benefits, future enlistment in the military, or civilian
should I do if I am told I am being processed for Administrative Separation?
When you are notified that you are being
processed for administrative separation, you have a right to consult with
counsel. You may have the right to request an administrative
separation board, which is a hearing to fight the separation or
characterization, or the right to request review of the decision to process
you for separation.
is the difference between an Administrative Separation Code and a
Codes and Reenlistment Codes are not the same. Administrative Separation
Codes are used to represent the reason the service member is leaving the
military service, i.e., 213, Discharge for retirement as an officer. The
reenlistment codes represent an enlisted member's ability to return to
military service, i.e., RE-1, fully qualified for reenlistment versus RE-4,
ineligible for reenlistment.
Does the IG investigate matters involving Administrative Separations?
No. A military member who has been administratively
separated must first attempt to resolve the issue through the chain of
command before bringing the matter to the attention of the Board for
Correction of Naval Records (read more about the
Board for Correction of Naval Records).
can I find more information about Administrative Separations?
Contact your Naval Legal
Service Office or Staff Judge Advocate to discuss your Administrative
To whom do I submit a complaint about an Administrative Separation?
If your command has notified you that you are being
processed for an Administrative Separation contact your Naval Legal
Service Office or Staff Judge Advocate. The General Court Martial
Authority has review authority of proposed Administrative Separations.
If you believe you were improperly separated from the
Naval service, contact the Board for Correction of Naval Records.
Where can I get more information about Administrative Separations?
BCNR's Voice #: (703) 614-1402
BCNR's DSN #: 224-1402 or 224-9857
BCNR's FAX #: (703) 614-9857
Correction of Naval Records
Annex, Room 2432
Washington, DC 20370-5100
Naval Discharge Review Board.