Proof of Military Service

What constitutes proof of service? If you are a servicemember, veteran or family member applying for a veterans' bonus, read below for details.

Proof of Service documentation is required to be able to verify dates of service and location along with dates at the location for any bonuses that you are applying for.

Overview

Proof of Service documentation is required to be able to verify dates of service and location along with dates at the location for any bonuses that you are applying for.

For Discharged Servicemembers

The form DD214 (Member 4 copy only) is the document that discharged members submit with their application to show proof of service.

If the DD214 does not show the location and dates where the member was deployed or stationed then additional documentation is required. The additional documentation should show where and when the member was located for the bonuses that they are applying for.

The below items for active duty are accepted as additional documentation to show locations and dates.

For Active Duty Servicemembers

The below items are accepted as proof of service for active duty servicemembers. The documents provided must also show the location and dates at the location for the bonuses you are applying for.

  • BIR (US Marines) Basic Individual Record
  • ERB (US Army) Enlisted Record Brief
  • ORB (US Army) Officer Record Brief
  • SURF (Air Force)
  • NAVPERS 1070/605
  • NAVMC 118(9)
  • Personnel Evaluations
  • History of Assignments
  • Chronological Record
  • Decorations/Awards showing dates and location

Finding Your Records

Can't find your documents? Head over to the websites below for requesting your service records.

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