Obtaining Unit Records: Army U.S. Army Personnel Rosters and Morning Reports are available from: the National Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO. 63132, 314-538-4261. The request must be made in writing. State that the request is a Freedom of Information ActRequest and give complete unit information (as specific as possible including company and platoon), and month and year of the roster/reports that you are requesting. Because the quality of the records can be poor, it is advisable to ask for rosters a few months before and after the actual month you are looking for. There are usually no fees charged for "Freedom of Information Act Requests." Turnaround time can be very slow. Plan on several months. Operations Reports/Lessons Learned (ORLL) and other primary source material about Army units in Vietnam such as radio logs, unit journals, and after action reports, are stored at the Textual Reference Branch, National Archives II, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001, 301-713-7250, fax 301-713-7482. Call and ask to speak with an Archivist specializing in the Vietnam War before going to the Archives. They can assist in determining whether materials you are interested in are available and explain how to obtain a researcher's card to examine the documents. Similar reference assistance may also be obtained from: the U.S. Army Center for Military History, 1099 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, 202-761-5413, and the U.S. Army Military History Institute, Bldg. 22, Upton Hall, Carlisle Barracks, Carlisle, PA 17013-5008, 717-245-3611, fax 717-245-3711. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Obtaining Military Records: Army Complete military and medical records, including DD-214s, can be obtained by veterans or their next of kin, if the veteran has died. Non relatives may also request this information, but what they will receive will be limited and will not include date of birth, official photo, records of court martial for active duty personnel, medical information, social security number, or present address. State that the request is being made under the Freedom of Information Act. Requests for military records must be made on a government form, SF 180. This form is available on the Internet at http://www..va.gov/forms/index.htm Scroll to the bottom of the page, as the SF 180: Request Pertaining to Military Records is the last one listed. You may also call 314-538-4261 and leave a message to have a form sent to you. You cannot request an entire file, each document must be named and only those named specifically will be provided. Names of documents include unit orders, awards and commendations, efficiency reports and ratings, promotion orders, records of court martial or other disciplinary actions, assignment and reassignment orders, photographs, qualification records, and report of separation(DD-214). When requesting medical records a statement should be included that they are needed by a current physician. If information is being requested regarding a specific injury or illness, that should be specified. If records regarding hospitalizations are needed, provide the dates that the hospitalization occurred and the name of the hospital. Send the SF 180 to the National Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. Expect a significant waiting period before receiving the information. Requests citing VA claims and medical emergencies receive priority. Obtaining and Replacing Medals: Army Form DD-214 and/or the awards and commendations document from the veteran's military records will list awards, commendations, and accompanying medals earned. Medals can be replaced by sending a copy of these documents and an accompanying request to: Commander, U.S. Army Reserve Personnel Center, ATTN: DARP-PAS-EAW, 9700 Page Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63132-5200. The Army Review Boards Agency (ARBA) is now accepting online applications for the Board for Correction of Military Records and for the Discharge Review Board. Filing an electronic application will expedite requests for changes to military records. The web-based application allows applying via an electronic DD Form 149, Application for Correction of Military Records, and DD Form 293, Application for Review of Discharge or Dismissal from the Armed Forces of the United States. Applicants can check the status of their requests using the Internet. Access the web site at ACTSONLINE.ARMY.MIL. The program guides applicants through the application process and provides additional help that is unavailable on the printed form. Army Board for Correction of Military Records [application procedures : ABCMR] Army Discharge Review Board [application procedures : ADRB ] Army Grade Determination Review Board [application procedures : AGDRB ] You are visitor number 250449 to this site. Please send any suggestions or comments about this site to ARBAWEB NOTICE: ARBAWEB can only address questions about the function of this website. WARNING!!! UNCLASSIFIED, NON-SENSITIVE, NON-PRIVACY ACT USE ONLY This is a Department of Defense (DoD) interest computer system. This system is monitored to ensure proper operation to verify the functioning of applicable security features and for other like purposes. Anyone using this system or any other DoD computer system expressly consents to such monitoring and is advised that if such monitoring reveals possible evidence of criminal activity, system personnel may provide the evidence of such monitoring to law enforcement officials. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information; to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited. VetGuide Contents 1. Introduction 2. Veterans' Preference in Appointments Why Preference is Given When Preference Applies Types of Preference Adjudication of Veterans' Preference Crediting Experience of Preference Eligibles Physical Qualifications Preference in Competitive Examinations Filling a Position Through the Competitive Examining Process Disqualifications of Preference Eligibles Disqualification of 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans Filing Late Applications Temporary Appointment Outside of Competitive Registers Excepted Service Employment Administration and Enforcement of Veterans' Preference 3. Veterans' Preference in Reduction in Force Eligibility for Veterans' Preference in RIF RIF Retention Standing Assignment Rights (Bump and Retreat) Qualifications Appeal of RIF Actions Reemployment Priority for Separated Employees 4. Miscellaneous Provisions Pertaining to Veterans Jobs Restricted to Preference Eligibles Reinstatement 180-Day Restriction on DOD Employment of Military Retirees Reduction of Military Retired Pay Affirmative Action for Certain Veterans Under Title 38 5. Service Credit Service Credit for Leave Rate Accrual and Retirement 6. Special Appointing Authorities for Veterans Veterans' Recruitment Appointments (VRA) (formerly Veterans Readjustment Appointments) 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans Disabled Veterans Enrolled in a VA Training Program Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 7. Restoration after Uniformed Service Basic Entitlement Advising Employees/Resolving Employment Conflicts Time Limits Positions to Which Restored Service Credit OPM Placement Paid Military Leave Life and Health Insurance Thrift Savings 8. Special Redress and Appeals Adverse Actions Reduction in Force Restoration After Uniformed Service Other Actions 9. Appendices A. Wars, Campaigns, and Expeditions of the Armed Forces Since WW II which Qualify for Veterans' Preference B. Uniformed Service Qualifying for Veterans' Preference Purposes C. Officer Personnel by Pay Grades and Titles D. History of Veterans' Preference 1. Introduction VetGuide explains the special rights and privileges that veterans enjoy in Federal civil service employment. The guide conveniently summarizes in one place material from many laws and regulations that affect the employment of veterans. The guide will help Federal personnel specialists ensure that veterans receive the advantages they have earned. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) administers entitlement to veterans' preference in employment under title 5, United States Code, and oversees other statutory employment requirements in titles 5 and 38. (Title 38 also governs Veterans' entitlement to benefits administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).) Both title 5 and title 38 use many of the same terms, but in different ways. For example, service during a "war" is used to determine entitlement to Veterans' preference and service credit under title 5. OPM has always interpreted this to mean a war declared by Congress. But title 38 defines "period of war" to include many non-declared wars, including Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf. Such conflicts entitle a veteran to VA benefits under title 38, but not necessarily to preference or service credit under title 5. Thus it is critically important to use the correct definitions in determining eligibility for specific rights and benefits in employment. For additional information, including the complete text of the laws and regulations on Veterans' rights, consult the references cited. 2. Veterans' Preference in Appointments Why Preference is Given Since the time of the Civil War, veterans of the Armed Forces have been given some degree of preference in appointments to Federal jobs. Recognizing their sacrifice, Congress enacted laws to prevent veterans seeking Federal employment from being penalized for their time in military service. Veterans' preference recognizes the economic loss suffered by citizens who have served their country in uniform, restores veterans to a favorable competitive position for Government employment, and acknowledges the larger obligation owed to disabled veterans. Veterans' preference in its present form comes from the Veterans' Preference Act of 1944, as amended, and is now codified in various provisions of title 5, United States Code. By law, veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to preference over others in hiring from competitive lists of eligibles and also in retention during reductions in force. In addition to receiving preference in competitive appointments, veterans may be considered for special noncompetitive appointments for which only they are eligible. See Chapter 4. When Preference Applies Preference in hiring applies to permanent and temporary positions in the competitive and excepted services of the executive branch. Preference does not apply to positions in the Senior Executive Service or to executive branch positions for which Senate confirmation is required. The legislative and judicial branches of the Federal Government also are exempt from the Veterans' Preference Act unless the positions are in the competitive service (Government Printing Office, for example) or have been made subject to the Act by another law. Preference applies in hiring from civil service examinations conducted by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and agencies under delegated examining authority, for most excepted service jobs including Veterans Recreuitment Appointments (VRA), and when agencies make temporary, term, and overseas limited appointments. Veterans' preference does not apply to promotion, reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer or reinstatement. Veterans' preference does not require an agency to use any particular appointment process. Agencies have broad authority under law to hire from any appropriate source of eligibles including special appointing authorities. An agency may consider candidates already in the civil service from an agency-developed merit promotion list or it may reassign a current employee, transfer an employee from another agency, or reinstate a former Federal employee. In addition, agencies are required to give priority to displaced employees before using civil service examinations and similar hiring methods. Civil service examination: Title 5 United States Code (U.S.C.) 3304-3330, title 5 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 332, OPM Delegation Agreements with individual agencies, OPM Examining Handbook, OPM Delegated Examining Operations Handbook; Excepted service appointments, including VRA's: 5 U.S.C. 3320; 5 CFR Part 302; Temporary and term employment: 5 CFR Parts 316 and 333; Overseas limited employment: 5 CFR Part 301; Career Transition Program: 5 CFR Part 330, Subparts F and G. Types of Preference To receive preference, a veteran must have been separated from active duty in the Armed Forces with an honorable or general discharge. As defined in 5 U.S.C. 2101(2), "Armed Forces" means the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. The veteran must also be eligible under one of the preference categories below (also shown on the Standard Form (SF) 50, Notification of Personnel Action). Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference in appointment unless they are disabled veterans. (This does not apply to Reservists who will not begin drawing military retired pay until age 60.) Active duty for training or inactive duty by National Guard or Reserve soldiers does not qualify as "active duty" for preference. For purposes of this chapter and 5 U.S.C. 2108, "war" means only those armed conflicts declared by Congress as war and includes World War II, which covers the period from December 7, 1941, to April 28, 1952. When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on their application or resume. Applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the requested documentation.