How Can I Obtain Military Records?
The individual military departments DO NOT maintain files or records pertaining to individuals no longer on active duty. When an individual is separated from military service (because of retirement, discharge from active duty, or death) his/her Field Personnel File (containing all military and health records) is forwarded for storage to:
National Personnel Records Center (Military)
9700 Page Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63172
The Records Center is under the jurisdiction of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) of the U.S. Government.
Their web site is: National Personnel Records Center
An individual’s complete service record is available to the former service member or, if deceased, to his/her next of kin (parents, spouse, or children). Limited information (such as dates of service, awards, and training) is available to anyone. Not available to the general public is information which would invade an individual’s privacy, such as medical records, Social Security number, or present address.
To order records from St. Louis:
If you are a veteran or next-of-kin of a deceased veteran, use eVetRecs, at vetrecs.archives.gov (or use the paper form, SF-180).
All others, use Standard Form 180.
To access military records by the general public, click here.
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