Step 8: How to Assemble an Application

Reminder: keep a copy of everything you submit for yourself!

Each application will be different because an application reflects your personal situation. But, there are some things you can do to make sure you put forward the best application. Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Stay organized—make it easy for someone who knows nothing about you to read your application.
  • It may be helpful to include a Table of Contents with your application so that anyone reading the application can quickly find the most important information.
  • Put your completed DD Form 293 (if applying to a DRB) or your DD Form 149 (if applying to a BCMR) at the top.
  • Next, include your personal statement immediately after your completed form.
  • Then include the next most important information—this will depend on your situation.
  • For example, it could be a diagnosis of PTSD or TBI.
  • Or it could be letters of support from family members and friends.
  • At the end, include any relevant records.
  • Again, a Table of Contents may help a reviewer easily refer to the records he or she wants to see.