How to Use Facebook to Find Military Friends

by Angela M. Wheeland
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If you served in the military, you probably created many lifelong bonds with a variety of people. As the years pass, it is common to lose touch with your military friends. Facebook is an online social networking website that is used to connect and reconnect friends and family. As of February, 2011, Facebook has more than 500 million active users. The website has many features including instant messaging, email messaging, games and interest user groups to help users connect and reconnect with friends and family. Using the search options you can easily locate friends you met in the military if they are on Facebook.

Find a Military Friend by Name

Step 1

Enter a friend's name in the "Search" field at the top of your News Feed page. Click "See More Results" at the bottom of the drop-down menu.

Step 2

Click "People" on the left of the results to instruct Facebook to display only people.

Look through the results using the pictures, location and common friends (if applicable). When you have located the correct person, click "Add Friend."

Find Military Friends by Group

Step 1

Enter a group name in the "Search" field at the top of your News Feeds page. This name can include "United States Marine Corps," "United States Army" or any other branch of the military.

Step 2

Click "See More Results" at the bottom of the drop-down menu. Click "Groups" at the left side of the results page. This instructs Facebook to display only groups.

Step 3

Search through the many results until you find the correct group. Sometimes, groups are divided by address, unit and position. Click "Join" or "Request to Join" to access the group's full Facebook page.

Click "See All" under the Members heading to view the list of members. If you find a friend of yours, click "Add as Friend."


  • Search your military friends' friends lists to locate additional military friends.


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About the Author

Angela M. Wheeland specializes in topics related to taxation, technology, gaming and criminal law. She has contributed to several websites and serves as the lead content editor for a construction-related website. Wheeland holds an Associate of Arts in accounting and criminal justice. She has owned and operated her own income tax-preparation business since 2006.

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