The DD Form 2586, Verification of Military Experience and Training, or VMET as it is commonly known, is an integrated form which displays demographic, training, and experience information that is retrieved from various automated sources.
In this Resource:
- Description of the VMET
- Uses for the VMET
- How to get your VMET
The VMET document lists your military experience and training much of which may apply to employment in the private sector. You can use the VMET in writing resumes and job applications. It is not an official transcript for purposes of granting college credit, but it can be used to support the fact that you have met training and/or course requirements to qualify for civilian occupations, certificates, licenses, or programs of study.
Credit recommendations from the American Council of Education (ACE) for occupations and/or courses are listed when they are available; Schools determine which credits are applicable to a program of study.
Authorized Users of VMET:
Service members who have records in the VMET database. The VMET database contains records of service members who served in the four Department of Defense (DoD) military services (Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps) on or after October 1, 1990. Your VMET can be downloaded from https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/vmet/index.jsp.
Note to Coast Guard members: Coast Guard information is not in the VMET database. However, if you separately served in one of the four DoD military services on or after October 1, 1990, then there may be information about your DoD military service in the VMET database.
You Need One of These Three Credentials to Log Into VMET:
- CAC (Common Access Card)
- DS Logon, Level 2 ,
- DFAS myPay LoginID and Password: You must establish a LoginID and password at https://mypay.dfas.mil/ before logging into VMET. DFAS myPay PINs are no longer used to log into VMET.
Information on how to get a DS Logon account can be found at:
- DoD Self-Service Access Center web site https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/dsaccess/- read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) such as “How do I get a DS Logon?”
- VA e-benefits portal at https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ and select Register at the top of the page.
IMPORTANT: on the VA website, follow instructions to obtain Level 2 credentials. If you already signed up for Level 1, you can upgrade to Level 2 by following instructions to get Level 2.
Separated members who have been in a non-pay status for more than 13 months may not be able to obtain or use a myPay loginID and password. Consider registering for a DS Logon, Level 2 credential.
You are strongly encouraged to download your VMET as soon as you make the decision to leave the Service. We recommend you obtain the form at least 120 days before your separation date.
- Because the VMET is created from automated records on file, errors may or may not be able to be corrected. Missing information on service members currently serving may be added through the standard personnel file submissions to Defense Manpower Data Center. Rarely errors can be corrected for separated or retired members. Please see “Data Omissions/Errors” FAQs on the VMET web site.
- Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) at 1-800-727-3677.
If for some reason you cannot obtain a CAC, myPay loginID, or a DS Logon, please see information below about contacting your Military Service’s transition assistance program:
Army: Separated Soldiers who cannot obtain a DFAS myPay loginID or DS Logon may request a copy of their VMET by contacting the Army VMET On-Line Help Desk at https://www.acap.army.mil/vmet. The online request must include the following information: Full name, Date of Birth, Social Security Number, e-mail address, telephone number and date separated from the Army. The VMET will be obtained and sent directly to the separated Soldier. The Army VMET On-Line Help Desk cannot provide VMET documents to third parties such as universities, colleges or prospective employers.
Navy: Personnel who are no longer able to obtain a DFAS myPAY loginID or DS Logon may visit or contact any Navy Fleet and Family Support Center. Upon authentication of identity and eligibility, a VMET can be produced. For service members who are not located within close proximity of a Navy Fleet and Family Support Center, contact our program support staff at (901) 874-4387. The VMET is for personal use only; we will not respond to any second party requests for VMETs, such as from colleges, universities, or prospective employers. You can locate Fleet and Family Support Centers by clicking Fleet and Family Support Center.
Air Force: Separated members who are no longer able to obtain a DFAS myPAY LoginID or DS Logon must use the following instructions to obtain a VMET through the Air Force Personnel Center (AFPC): Fax a signed request, along with a copy of the member's DD Form 214. The signed request should include an e-mail address (preferred) or mailing address. The VMET will be securely e-mailed or postal mailed to the member. The VMET is for personal use only; therefore AFPC will not respond to any second party requests for VMETs from colleges, universities, or prospective employers. Fax the VMET request and DD Form 214 to AFPC/DPSIA, Attn: VMET Program Manager using FAX phone numbers DSN: 665-3385 or Commercial: 210-565-3385.
Marine Corps: Separated members who are no longer able to obtain a DFAS myPAY loginID or 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 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 (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.
The VMET is an essential document to have during your transition from active duty to the civilian world. Get your VMET now while there’s opportunity to review the document and correct any errors prior to leaving active duty service.
Sources consulted for this resource: https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/appj/vmet/index.jsp