How to Change My RE-4 Code for Reenlistment

By Bob Leggett

The U.S. Military uses a series of reenlistment codes on the discharge papers of an individual who leaves the service for any reason. These codes range from RE-1, which means an individual is eligible for reenlistment, to RE-4, which means the individual is not recommended for reenlistment.

Obtain DD Form 149 (see Resources). This form is an application to correct your military record. Your reenlistment code is part of your military record.

Complete DD Form 149. Pay special note to these sections: In block 5, indicate that you want your reenlistment code to be changed to RE-1 so that you can re-enlist in the military. In block 6, state your reasons for requesting the change. In block 9, list your supporting evidence, such as letters of recommendation and documentation of a change in circumstances.

Mail the completed and signed form, along with any written documentation and evidence, to the appropriate address as indicated on the back of the form. There is a different address for each branch of the military — Army, Navy and Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.

Relax and wait for the Board's determination of your application.

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About the Author

Bob Leggett has covered the music scene for over 10 years, contributing to "Live Magazine," "Music Connection Magazine," the "Orange County Register" and "Riverside Press Enterprise" newspapers. He hosts thrice-monthly showcases for indie musicians at Genghis Cohen in Los Angeles. Leggett is an active participant in the indie music community and received his Bachelor of Business Administration from National University.

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