The question of how to verify active duty military status comes up quite a bit.

The Department of Defense Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) website provides information relating to active duty active duty status for military members.

The site is free to the public, provided that you have some basic information regarding the individual.

In order to search the site, you must provide a social security number, last name, first name and date of birth of the individual.

Once the request has been processed, the website will provide a SCRA Certificate reporting the active duty status for the individual.

The report (see example above) will provide that active duty start date, active duty end date and the service position.

The website will only provide information on active duty military members or members who have left active duty within the past 367 days.

If you want to verify historical military status, you will have to verify military service through a FOIA Request.

Note – if you get a certificate warning, don’t worry – I have used the site for quite some time and have never had any issues.

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9 replies
  1. Sonya MacLod
    Sonya MacLod says:

    I wondered if you had a suggestin for me. I me a man on line who says he is in the Army. I have only the info he has given me for his DOB, parents’ names, base etc. Is there any way to verify he is real & not one of those Nigerian scams?

    Thank you!

  2. Records check
    Records check says:

    How can I find military service verification for members that separated before September 1985? SCRA only includes information if they separated after this date.

  3. Roy Kaufmann
    Roy Kaufmann says:

    If you have the person’s SSN, the site referenced above is fine, but, if you do not, you should try http://www.ServicemembersCivilReliefAct.com because it will give you a definitive response, even if you do not have the SSN. If you do not have the SSN, the site referenced above, gives you a big disclaimer (which many courts will not accept) that says something like “this is the information we have in our file, but we can’t guaranty the accuracy without an SSN”.

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