To determine whether someone is in the military, please use the Defense Manpower Data Center's (DMDC) Military Verification service. If the individual is actively serving in the military, the website will inform you. If not, it will say so.
You can verify an individual's status at any time after joining by going to the DMDC website and clicking on "Check On-Line" under the Join/Enlist section. You must provide your own personal information when checking on-line. The DMDC will then tell you if the person you are looking for is currently in the military or not.
You can also check on individuals who have previously served in the military. Again, go to the DMDC website and click on "Check On-Line" under the Formerly Focused sections. This time, however, you will be asked to provide the name of the branch that person belonged to. After submitting this information, you will be told if the person you are looking for is still listed as active duty.
Verifying someone's status is free and easy to do.
Obtaining Documentation from the Department of Defense The simplest approach to find out if someone is on active duty in the military is to visit the Department of Defense Manpower Data Center's website. On their site, you can search by name or state and city to see if they are listed as being on active duty. If so, then they will be able to tell you when they expect to return to work and give you permission to contact their employer about returning to work.
If you cannot locate this information online, then you will need to contact the employer directly to find out how to proceed. It is important to remember that employers may not want to tell you if your friend or family member has been discharged for reasons other than death. So do not ask directly, instead try to find out indirectly by asking questions such as "Is there any reason why I should know that my friend or relative has been discharged?"
If the employer does not want to tell you, then they will most likely not be able to provide you with this information. You should also keep in mind that employers are not required by law to tell you if a former employee has been discharged. So even if they were to say that someone was discharged, it would not be illegal for them to lie about it.
The simplest approach to find out if someone is on active duty in the military is to visit the Department of Defense Manpower Data Center's website. You logon to the website, acquire a one-time-use Department of Defense certificate, and then use it to access to the search engine. Type in the person's name along with the word "military." If they appear in the results, they're likely on active duty.
If you want to be sure that someone isn't in the military, try one of these methods:
Check the local phone book. If they have a number in their listing, they must be active duty. Otherwise, they would not be able to get calls through this method.
Search for them online. If they have an Internet presence through a social media account or personal blog, they are most likely active duty. Check all accounts for recent activity.
Question them directly about their status. If they aren't ready to disclose this information over the phone or in an email, there's no way you can know for sure whether or not they're on active duty.