Veterans' Service Records

Service Branch Records

ARMY (includes Army Air Corps and Army Air Forces)

Dates of ServiceRankPersonnel Record LocationHealth 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 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
All active duty, including active National Guard and Army Reserve All Personnel U.S. Army Human Resources Command  
National Guard not on active duty All Personnel U.S. Army Human Resources Command  

AIR FORCE

Dates of ServiceRankPersonnel Record LocationHealth 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 All Personnel Air Force Personnel Center
HQ AFPC/DPSSRP
Department of Veterans Affairs
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)
 

NAVY

Dates of ServiceRankPersonnel Record LocationHealth 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 All Personnel Navy Personnel Command Department of Veterans Affairs
Active, reserve or TDRL All Personnel Navy Personnel Command  

MARINE CORPS

Dates of ServiceRankPersonnel Record LocationHealth 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

N/A
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 All Personnel HQ U.S. Marine Corps Department of Veterans Affairs
Individual Ready Reserve All Personnel Marine Forces Reserve  
Active, Selected Marine Corps Reserve, TDRL All Personnel HQ U.S. Marine Corps  

COAST GUARD Includes Revenue Cutter Service (Revenue Marine), Life-Saving Service and Lighthouse Service

Dates of ServiceRankPersonnel Record LocationHealth 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 on or after April 1, 1998 All Personnel National Personnel Records Center Department of Veterans Affairs
Active, Reserve or TDRL All Personnel USCG Personnel Command  

Washington, DC Holdings

VOLUNTEERS

Dates of ServiceRankRecord 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

CONFEDERATE STATES

Dates of ServiceRankRecord Location
Persons who rendered military service for the Confederate States government in its armed forces, 1861 to 1865 All Personnel NARA, Washington DC

PENSION CLAIM FILES

Dates of ServiceRankRecord Location
Claims files for pensions based on Federal military service, 1775 to 1916 All Personnel NARA, Washington DC

BOUNTY LAND WARRANT APPLICATION FILES

Dates of ServiceRankRecord Location
Claims based on wartime service, 1775 to 1855 All Personnel NARA, Washington DC

Other Records

PUBLIC HEALTH SERVICE

Dates of ServiceRankRecord Location
Commissioned Corps Only Officer Division of Commissioned Corps Officer Support

SELECTIVE SERVICE

HoldingsRecord Location
WWI Selective Service Records Order copies of WWI Draft Registration Cards online
WWII - Vietnam Era Selective Service Records* National Personnel Records Center
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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