Department of Defense

Where can I learn more about the Department of Defense (DOD)?

The Department of Defense is America's oldest and largest government agency. With our military tracing its roots back to pre-Revolutionary times, the Department of Defense has grown and evolved with our nation.

Today, the Department is not only in charge of the military, but also a civilian force of thousands. With over 1.4 million men and women on active duty, and 718,000 civilian personnel, the DOD is our nation's largest employer. Another 1.1 million serve in the National Guard and Reserve forces. More than 2 million military retirees and their family members receive benefits.

For more information about the Department of Defense, please visit – our military’s official website.

How can I obtain military records?

Please complete the requisite forms for a military record request on the Department of Defense’s official website.

How can I have a mistake in my military record corrected?

To make corrections to your military record, the Department of Defense asks that you contact the Board for the Correction of Military Records. The telephone numbers for the military branches are:

U.S. Army: (703) 607-1611
U.S. Marine Corps: (703) 614-1102
U.S. Navy: (703) 614-9811
U.S. Air Force: (240) 857-3137