Evidence of age is often available from military records including a discharge from
military service (MS), service records, and draft records.
The claimant may possess
The discharge from MS, or
A “Certificate in Lieu of Lost or Destroyed Discharge.”
Age at the time of entrance into MS, or
The date of entry into MS
Ask the claimant for evidence of MS in his or her possession to help establish the
claimant’s age. For instructions about establishing a DB when no preferred evidence
exists, see GN 00302.100.
Request information from draft records as follows:
The requesting DO should
Prepare one copy of Form SSA-2647 (Request for Information from World War II Selective
Service Records), assuring that:
The draft registrant signs the consent statement
The claims representative or other DO employee signs the “SSA official” block
All information items outside the block reserved for the FRC's reply are completed
The DO's return address is stamped in the requesting office block. (The form is designed
so that this block appears in the “window” of the window envelope used by the FRC.)
NOTE: An exhibit of Form SSA-2647 follows below
Forward the completed SSA-2647 to the appropriate FRC shown in D. above.
20 days after the original request, the requesting DO should
Prepare another SSA-2647, marking it “second request”
Forward it to the appropriate FRC shown in D. above.
After at least 15 days have elapsed since the second request was sent, the requesting
Send a copy of the SSA-2647 with an SSA-562-U3 (Request for Assistance) to the servicing
DO shown in D. above