Veterans' Service Records

Locations of Service Records

 

 

Dates of Service

 

Rank

Personnel Record Location

Health Record Location

1789 to November 1, 1912

Enlisted

NARA, Washington DC

N/A

1789 to July 1, 1917

Officer

NARA, Washington DC

N/A

November 1, 1912 to October 15, 1992
Note: Many records were destroyed by the 1973 Fire

Enlisted

National Personnel Records Center
Note: Personnel records are Archival 62 years after the service member's separation.

 

July 1, 1917 to October 15, 1992
Note: Many records were destroyed by the 1973 Fire

Officer

National Personnel Records Center
Note: Personnel records are Archival 62 years after the service member's separation.

 

October 16, 1992 to September 30, 2002

All Personnel

National Personnel Records Center

Department of Veterans Affairs

Discharged, deceased or retired on or after October 1, 2002 to December 31, 2013

All Personnel

U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Note: records are stored electronically at AHRC but requests are serviced by:
National Personnel Records Center

Department of Veterans Affairs

Discharged, deceased or retired on or after January 1, 2014

All Personnel

U.S. Army Human Resources Command
Note: records are stored electronically at AHRC but requests are serviced by:
National Personnel Records Center

AMEDD Record Processing Center

All active duty, including active Army Reserve

All Personnel

U.S. Army Human Resources Command

 

All active and non-active duty National Guard

All Personnel

The Adjutant General
(of the appropriate state, DC, or Puerto Rico)

 

 

 

Dates of Service

Rank

Personnel Record Location

Health Record Location

September 24, 1947 to May 1, 1994
Note: Many records were destroyed by the 1973 Fire

All Personnel

National Personnel Records Center
Note: Personnel records are Archival 62 years after the service member's separation.

 

May 1, 1994 to September 30, 2004

All Personnel

National Personnel Records Center

Department of Veterans Affairs

Discharged, deceased or retired from active duty on or after October 1, 2004 to December 31, 2013

All Personnel

Air Force Personnel Center
HQ AFPC/DPSSRP

Department of Veterans Affairs

Discharged, deceased or retired from active duty on or after January 1, 2014

All Personnel

Air Force Personnel Center
HQ AFPC/DPSSRP

AF STR Processing Center

Active (including National Guard on active duty in the Air Force), TDRL, or general officers retired with pay

All Personnel

Air Force Personnel Center
HQ AFPC/DPSSRP

 

Reserve, retired reserve in non-pay status, current National Guard officers not on active duty in the Air Force, or National Guard released from active duty in the Air Force

Various Personnel

Air Reserve Personnel Center
HQ ARPC/DPTOCW (Contact Center)

 

Current National Guard enlisted not on active duty in the Air Force

All Personnel

The Adjutant General
(of the appropriate state, DC, or Puerto Rico)

 

 

Dates of Service

Rank

Personnel Record Location

Health Record Location

1798 to 1885

Enlisted

NARA, Washington DC

N/A

1798 to 1902

Officer

NARA, Washington DC

N/A

1885 to January 30, 1994

Enlisted

National Personnel Records Center
Note: Personnel records are Archival 62 years after the service member's separation

 

1902 to January 30, 1994

Officer

National Personnel Records Center
Note: Personnel records are Archival 62 years after the service member's separation

 

January 31, 1994 to December 31, 1994

All Personnel

National Personnel Records Center

Department of Veterans Affairs

Discharged, deceased or retired on or after January 1, 1995 to December 31, 2013

All Personnel

Navy Personnel Command

Department of Veterans Affairs

Discharged, deceased or retired on or after January 1, 2014

All Personnel

National Personnel Records Center

BUMED Navy Medicine Records Activity

Active, reserve or TDRL

All Personnel

Navy Personnel Command

 

 

Dates of Service

Rank

Personnel Record Location

Health Record Location

1798 to 1904

All Personnel

NARA, Washington DC

N/A

1905 to April 30, 1994

All Personnel

National Personnel Records Center
Note: Personnel records are Archival 62 years after the service member's separation

 

May 1, 1994 to December 31, 1998

All Personnel

National Personnel Records Center

Department of Veterans Affairs

Discharged, deceased or retired on or after January 1, 1999 to December 31, 2013

All Personnel

HQ U.S. Marine Corps

Department of Veterans Affairs

Discharged, deceased or retired on or after January 1, 2014

All Personnel

HQ U.S. Marine Corps

BUMED Navy Medicine Records Activity

Individual Ready Reserve

All Personnel

Marine Forces Reserve

 

Active, Selected Marine Corps Reserve, TDRL

All Personnel

HQ U.S. Marine Corps

 

 

Dates of Service

Rank

Personnel Record Location

Health Record Location

Discharged, deceased or retired prior to December 31, 1897

All Personnel

NARA, Washington DC

N/A

January 1, 1898 to March 31, 1998

All Personnel

National Personnel Records Center
Note: Personnel records are Archival 62 years after the service member's separation

 

Discharged, deceased or retired from active duty from April 1, 1998 to September 30, 2014

All Personnel

National Personnel Records Center

Department of Veterans Affairs

Discharged, deceased or retired from active duty on or after October 1, 2014

All Personnel

National Personnel Records Center

 

Active, Reserve or TDRL

All Personnel

USCG Personnel Command

 

 

Dates of Service

Rank

Record Location

Military service performed by persons serving during an emergency and whose service was considered to be in the Federal interest, 1775 to 1902

All Personnel

NARA, Washington DC

 

Dates of Service

Rank

Record Location

Persons who rendered military service for the Confederate States government in its armed forces, 1861 to 1865

All Personnel

NARA, Washington DC

 

 

Dates of Service

Rank

Record Location

Claims files for pensions based on Federal military service, 1775 to 1916

All Personnel

NARA, Washington DC

Dates of Service

Rank

Record Location

Claims based on wartime service, 1775 to 1855

All Personnel

NARA, Washington DC

 

Division

Rank

Record Location

Commissioned Corps Only

Officer

Division of Commissioned Corps Officer Support

 

Holdings

Record Location

WWI Selective Service Records

Order copies of WWI Draft Registration Cards online

WWII - Vietnam Era Selective Service Records*

National Archives at St. Louis

After January 1, 1960

Selective Service System

 

 

*Please Note: men born from March 29, 1957 - December 31, 1959 were not required to register with Selective Service because the registration program was suspended when they would have reached age 18.

 

 

 

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