Defense Manpower Data Center
The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act Centralized Verification Service (SCRACVS) integrates with the database maintained by the Department of Defense (DOD) in order to report if an individual is on active military duty on a given date.
The SCRACVS automatically queries the DOD’s Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) to verify individuals’ military status. We then use that information to report back to the inquirer or as the basis for a military affidavit. (This is also called a nonmilitary affidavit in some jurisdictions.) These inquiries aim to determine if an individual is subject to the protections of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA). The SCRA is a federal law that bans activities that might compromise servicemembers on active duty or recently retired.
Seven government agencies provide personnel reports to the DMDC. The agencies that make these reports are:
- National Guard
- Air Force
- Public Health Service
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Each agency initiates a registration of the individual by filing a record with the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) database, maintained by the Defense Manpower Data Center.
In order to maintain continuity of benefits for servicemembers or their dependents, the servicemember should periodically verify that the information in the DEERS and Defense Manpower Data Center databases is accurate. Updates are necessary for life changes such as divorce, births and deaths. Similarly, in order to avoid an interruption in benefits, the servicemember should make sure that employment and active-duty status, such as re-enlistment or a move, is accurate.
Some benefits — such as TRICARE — as well as protection under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act continue after retirement. Therefore, servicemembers should check the DEERS database to make sure their retiree status is accurate.
The DEERS database is charged with maintaining information on uniformed service personnel’s active, retired and reserve members, their family members, DOD’s civil service personnel and contractors (though not all these individuals may be covered by the SCRA). The verifications DEERS supplies also ensure accurate delivery of federal benefits, including health and life insurance, as well as educational benefits.