Documenting Your Military Experience
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The Verification of Military Experience and Training (VMET) Document (DD Form 2586), is provided to all eligible departing service members and assists them in verifying previous experiences and training to potential employers, writing their resumes, interviewing for jobs, negotiating credits at schools, and obtaining certificates or licenses.
To get your verification document, go to the VMET website. All separating military personnel can electronically download and print their VMET document and personal cover letter from your military service from the VMET website. Simply click the "Request Document" and "Request Cover Letter," tabs and print each of these documents after their downloaded.
You can get your verification document online as long as you have a current DoD Common Access Card (CAC) or have a current DFAS myPay PIN; however, you should retrieve it within 120 days prior to your separation. If you have problems getting your VMET and need assistance, check with your local Transition Counselor.
Once You Receive Your Verification Document you should identify the items that relate to the type of work or education you are pursuing and include them in your resume. If there are problems with information listed on the form, follow the guidance indicated below for your respective service:
If you do not have a CAC card and can;t get a DS login but still need to access your VMET you should follow these instructions depending on your branch of service:
- Army: In order for Soldiers to get their VMET document they must have a DS Login account or use a current CAC card. The alternate method is to obtain a DS Logon from DMDC as described above. DOD Guidance prevents the Army from acting as an intermediary to obtain the VMET Documents.
- Navy: Personnel who aren't able to obtain a DS Logon may visit or contact any Navy Fleet and Family Support Center. Upon authentication of identity and eligibility, a VMET document can be produced. For personnel who are not located within close proximity of a Navy Fleet and Family Support Center contact Mr. Terry Quattlebaum at 202-433-3780. The VMET document is for the personal use of the military service member, therefore Navy will not respond to any second party requests for VMETs. VMETS will not be provided to anyone other than the military service member, they will not be mailed to colleges, universities, or prospective employers. You can locate Fleet and Family Support Centers by visiting www. ffsp.navy.mil and clicking on "FFFSC Locations".
- Air Force: Separated members who are not able to obtain a DS Logon must fax a signed request, along with a copy of their DD214. The signed request MUST include an email address or mailing address. The VMET document will be securely emailed or postal mailed to the member. The VMET document is for the personal use of the member only. Therefore AFPC will not respond to any second party requests for VMETs, they will not be mailed to colleges, universities, or prospective employers. Fax the VMET request and DD214 to AFPC/DPSIA, Attn: VMET Program Manager at 219-565-3385 or DSN 665-3385
- Marine Corps: Separated members who are not able to obtain a DS Logon may visit or contact the Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP) Manager at their local Career Resource Management Center. Upon authentication of identity and eligibility, a VMET document can be produced. For separated members who are not located within close proximity of a Career Resource Management Center, contact USMC Transition Support at 703-784-9523 or DSN 278-9523. The VMET document is for the personal use of the member, therefore USMC will not respond to any second party requests for VMETs.