As important as verifying employment and education history is, it is just as important to verify an applicant’s military status through a military verification search. This search requires a release signed by the individual in order to be processed and will verify the individual’s military branch of service and current military status.

There are two ways of verifying active or inactive military records. The first is by contacting the ranking officer’s directly to verify all previous military experience, branch of service, status, and dates of service. The other process is by submitting an inquiry to the National Personnel Records Center via form SF-180, which is a request pertaining to military records.

In addition to information provided by a ranking officer, form SF-180 will also include last duty assignment and rank, military job specialty, military education, decorations, medals, badges, citations, campaign awards, total creditable service, and foreign service credited. Due to researching all of the information contained on form SF-180, turnaround time to receive correspondence from the National Personnel Records Center may vary between two – six weeks.

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