When I first started to look for information on jobs and employers looking for veterans, I looked around at a lot of sites on the web. I found some useful commercial organizations, such as recruitmilitary.com, which has been a very useful site.
But then there are other sites, that I will not call out here, that want you to pay a fee to join. That is not unusual; a lot of websites, such as theladders.com or linkedin.com, want you to pay to join and get expanded access to all the information that they contain and that is all well and good. After all, those sites are providing access to their own content. They add a value that they want you to pay for.
But last night I got an email from a website that supposedly allows you to connect with your veteran friends. They were advertising a link to get copies of your military records. All you have to do is log in - AND be a Platinum or Gold member of their site.
Now that really gets my goat. Really. Because I know that the link they provide IF you join their site can do nothing more than connect to the National Archives site. This site is all you need to request copies of your DD214 or other service related records that the Archives have copies of. There is a plethora of information there detailing exactly what you need, who can request such information and where to send the requests to. Best of all, most of it is all free for veterans. There are some records that involve a nominal fee, but not many. No need to get a Platinum or Lifetime membership or buy a T-shirt to access the information. After all, you already paid for that when you signed up to serve.
So, if you are a veteran or the family member of such, here again is the link to request copies of your military records: