How does one trouble shoot the veterans id/tag/sticker to make it work?

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Every time I do this it is worse than the time before.  What is wrong now?  Here is what I get: {{The Great War|branch=<US Army> |startdate=25 May 1918|units= 148 INF|enddate= 15 Apr 1919|rank=Private|}.  The instructions for doing this seem particularly opaque. Using the answer to the last time I asked this question I added the greater and less than to the recipe and still no joy.  Here is te current attempt {{The Great War|branch=<US Army> |startdate=<25 May 1918>|units= <148 INF>|enddate= <15 Apr 1919>|rank=<Private>|}.

in WikiTree Help by John Kessler G2G3 (3.8k points)
edited by John Kessler

I got an answer that results in this wrapped neatly in a box but still not correct:

Image:No Country/branch / not in table

<Private> Joseph Hubick served in the <US Army> in World War I
Service started: <25 May 1918>
Unit(s): <148 INF>
Service ended: <15 Apr 1919>

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Missing a bracket at the end.  Should be }}

Here is what I used on my profile:

{{Veteran Recognition | badge-image =Military_Badges_and_Insignia-6.png | nationality =United States | branch =Navy | start-year =1972 | end-year =1976 Aerographers Mate 3rd | text =San Diego (Vietnam Era War Veteran) }}

by Kitty Smith G2G6 Pilot (558k points)
selected by John Kessler

Thanks for your help. The bracket bought a box in my attempt but still not correct.  Some of what you use in your answer is not what is on the explanation on the Help/ How To page that I find.  Where do you go for a template?

Thanks again for your help.

John Kessler
The page you mention is the one I have been using but it's not clear how to turn its directions into an actual tag, sticker or what ever these things are called.  Questions; When it says "or" does it mean only one or the other?  That is the way I read it but guessing what instructions mean, means the instruction needs to be rewritten.  (Not your job but I hope its on somebodies to do list.) When the error says "No Country" where should I have put "United States"?  The directions say the program (?) will use the value in their look up table to find the country and branch .  I use United States Army which it does not match with United States Army in the table.  I must be missing something.

Just so you know I'm actually trying to make sense of the written information here

I scrolled down towards the bottom and found another example and used it, with one or two tweeks, to get this:

{{The Great War
|branch=United States Army
|startdate=27 Jan 1917
|units=1st Infantry Division
|enddate=2 Apr 1918

Which I edited, with some trepidation, to get this:  

{{The Great War

|branch=United States Army

|startdate=25 May 1918

|units=Company L; 148th Infantry

|enddate=15 Apr 1919



Which actually works.  Wonder of wonders. You can check here ( if you want to see what that looks like in a profile.

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