Know Your Military

Have a Question? Defense.gov's Got Answers

March 26, 2019 | BY Katie Lange

The Defense Department is huge and has numerous moving parts, so we're sure you have lots of questions that might bring you to Defense.gov. Civilians always have questions about military procedures, and service members and their families have an entirely different subset of queries about what’s available to them.

Luckily, we have a whole Question & Answer section on Defense.gov with well over 100 frequently asked questions, as well as some not-so-frequently asked questions. For instance, there's a section on how to find out if you’re the victim of a military romance scam.

And yes, that’s actually a thing.

There's lots of standard information, too, like how to request military equipment, bands and color guards for community events, and how to arrange for military funeral honors for a veteran or get your loved one a military grave marker.

National Guardsmen complete a six-man flag fold.
Flag Fold
National Guardsmen complete a six-man flag fold while being graded during a Louisiana National Guard Military Funeral Honors Program course at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans, Feb. 14, 2019.
Photo By: Army Staff Sgt. Garrett L. Dipuma
VIRIN: 190214-Z-PJ019-1202C

  • Need help in locating a service member in case of emergency?
  • Have questions about military commissions?
  • Want to make a correction to your service record?
  • Are you interested in a tour of the Pentagon?

Yup, you can find those answers, too.

There's a lot of information about DOD programs you can join, how you can become an intern and how you can obtain military records.

If you're curious about how you can teach for the DOD at one of our overseas schools — we've got that covered, too!

There's even a section on how to report fraud, waste and abuse at DOD. You can also learn where to find the results from missile tests.

A missile target is launched into a night sky.
Interceptor Test
An intercontinental ballistic missile target launches from the Ronald Reagan Ballistic Missile Defense Test Site in the Marshall Islands, March 25, 2019. It was successfully intercepted by two long-range, ground-based interceptors launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
Photo By: Lisa Simunaci
VIRIN: 190325-D-AD122-001

You can filter your questions by keyword and category, and if you're not sure your question has been answered, email us your query. There's room at the bottom of the page to send us what you’re wondering.

Click through to see what you can find!