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Military Dates

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 12:54AM GMT
Classification: Query
If the "date of entry" is later than the "date of retirement" or any other date on the page related to that person, do we key the date of entry? OR is the date of entry simply the date the bookkeeper/author, whatever entered the data?

I am taking it literally to take the latest date, even if it is the date of entry. Yet, when I started reviewing, I noticed some people disregard the date of entry and key the next latest date and others are keying the date of entry. I stopped reviewing until I can get a definitive answer. I'll probably stop keying those records until I know also.

(My rating is exceptional but I don't know if I can take that as a sign I'm doing it right or not).

Re: Military Dates

Posted: 29 Jan 2013 4:21AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 30 Jan 2013 12:51AM GMT
I have also been keying the latest date. I think sometimes there are typos, but a lot of times people retired after 20 years of service and then reenlisted during WWII. All of the ones I have seen where there are dates after the date retired have been WWII era.

It's also possible that people retired from active duty and stayed in the reserves and were called back to active duty during the war. There are some "dates of temporary rank" where they would have been given a military rank and then gone back to their previous rank in the reserves after the war.
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