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.