Requesting Military Records

You may use services provided by the National Archives to request a variety of military service records.

They may be requested online using the eVetRecs system or by MAIL or FAX using the SF-180 Form.

Visit the National Archives website for more information and/or read the excerpted text from their website below.

From the National Archives website:

Military personnel records can include DD 214s/Separation Documents, service personnel records found within the Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), and medical records. Military personnel records can be used for proving military service or as a valuable tool in genealogical research.

Please note that NPRC holds historical Military Personnel Records of nearly 100 million veterans. The vast majority of these records are paper-based and not available on-line.

Our online eVetRecs system creates a customized order form to request information from your, or your relative’s, military personnel records.

Online Requests Using eVetRecs

Our online eVetRecs system creates a customized order form to request information from your, or your relative’s, military personnel records.

You may use this system if you are:

You may use this system if you are: a military veteran, or next of kin of a deceased, former member of the military. The next of kin can be any of the following:

  • Surviving spouse that has not remarried
  • Father
  • Mother
  • Son
  • Daughter
  • Sister
  • Brother

Who Can Request Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF)

Access depends on the discharge date:

OMPF Archival record – discharge date of 1953 or prior*

These records are archival and are open to the public.
Any archival OMPF can be ordered online for a copying fee.
See Access to Military Records by the General Public for more details.

OMPF Federal (non-archival) record – discharge date of 1953 or after*
These records are non-archival and are maintained under the Federal Records Center program. Non-archival records are subject to access restrictions.

  • the military veteran, or
  • the next-of-kin (un-remarried widow or widower, son, daughter, father, mother, brother or sister)
  • Use the link at the top of this page to get started using eVetRecs or Standard Form 180(SF 180).

* Please note:   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, 2015, minus 62 years is 1953.

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