Legally finding someone's military history?
August 29, 2007 1:05 PM Subscribe
Is there any legal way to find out a person's military history?
posted by sidereal to Law & Government (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A female friend of mine ("Alice") is dating a guy ("Bob") who says he was/is a United States Army Ranger. Bob claims to have been involved in, among other things, a certain high-profile Ranger mission in another country ("Elbonia"). Alice sometimes wonders if Bob really went there, or if he is even a Ranger.
Is there any legal way to find out a person's military involvement, if you just know their name? How can Alice legally find out if Bob is telling the truth about having served in Elbonia, without actually demanding that Bob himself provide proof?
I'm stressing legally here, because I mean it - legally. Not nudge nudge wink wink. I mean, no poking things that end in .GOV or .MIL with a pointy stick. What, if anything, is available to Alice?