established the Cold War certificate in Section 1084 of
the fiscal 1998 National Defense Authorization Act.
legislation states in part:
Congress finds the following:
the period of the the Cold War, from the end of World
War II until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991,
the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a global
rivalry, potentially the most dangerous military confrontation
in the history of mankind, has come to a close without
a direct superpower military conflict.
and civilian personnel of the Department of Defense, personnel
in the intelligence community, members of the foreign
service, and other officers and employees of the United
States faithfully performed their duties during the Cold
such personnel performed their duties while isolated from
family and friends and served overseas under frequently
arduous conditions in order to protect the United States
and achieve a lasting peace.
discipline and dedication of those personnel were fundamental
to the prevention of a superpower military conflict."
Department of Defense designated the Department of the
Army as the executive agent for the Cold War Recognition
Certificate program. The Army has established a home page
that explains the correct procedures to request a Cold
War Certificate. As previously announced, requests will
be accepted by fax or mail, beginning today. To apply,
do one of the following:
Fill out the new printable application and mail or
fax to the Cold War Office with your proof of service.
An acceptable supporting document includes any official
government or military document that contains the recipient's
name, Social Security Number or Military Service Number
or Foreign Service Number, and a date showing at least
one day of service during the Cold War era (September
2, 1945 to December 26, 1991).
- If you are unable to print the application you may
submit a signed and dated letter containing the same
information as the application (full name, address,
identification including type (SSN, MSN, or FSN), applicant
name if different from recipient, and email address
(if available)). You must include the phrase "I confirm
my faithful and honorable service to the nation during
the Cold War Era."
is as follows:
Each mailed or faxed request must be accompanied
by official documentation verifying government service
during the Cold War era. Acceptable documentation includes
any government form that includes the applicant's name
and social security number or military service number
or foreign service number, and the date of service. Applicants
should not send original documents to verify federal service
because the documents will not be returned to the sender.
- Anyone who worked for the U.S. Government at any time during the Cold War era, Sept. 2, 1945 through Dec. 26, 1991, is eligible, provided their service to the country was faithful and honorable.
- National Guard and Reservists are eligible.
- Contractors and volunteers are not eligible.
- Those who are currently active duty military or civilian employees of the U.S. government are also eligible if they had at least one day of service during the Cold War era.
mailing address for requests for the certificate is:
Cold War Recognition, Hoffman II
Attn: TAPC-CWRS, 3N45
200 Stovall Street
Alexandria, VA 22332-0473
The electronic mail address
Requests sent by e-mail will not be acted upon until the
Fairfax office receives supporting documentation. Requests
made on-line will be maintained for one year to allow
ample time for individuals to forward supporting documents
by fax or mail. Individuals normally will receive a response
within 30 days; however, the turnaround time will depend
upon the volume of requests received.
needing additional information may call the help desk
at (703) 275-6279.