| The NATIONAL PERSONNEL RECORDS
CENTER has relocated as of 1 November 2011. The new address
National Personnel Records Center
1 Archives Drive
St Louis, MO 63138-1002
Ordering Military Service Records
Start Your Military Service
Record Request (DD Form 214 & SF-180)
records can be used for proving military service, or as a valuable
tool in genealogical research. Most veterans and their next-of-kin
can obtain free copies of their
DD Form 214 (Report of Separation) and other military and
medical records several ways.
Use the following to
request veterans' service records from WW I - Present.
for Pre-WWI Service Records?)
Records are accessioned into the National Archives, and become
archival, 62 years after the service member's
separation from the military. This is a rolling date; hence, the
current year, 2011, minus 62 years is 1949. Records with a discharge
date of 1949 or prior are archival and are open to the public.
Records with a discharge date of 1949 or after are non-archival and
are maintained under the Federal Records Center program.
Non-archival records are subject to access restrictions.