Requests for Modern Military Records (1916 - present)
by other than the veteran or surviving next of kin
If you are not the veteran or next of kin you may still be able to obtain
pertinent information about any veteran's military service record. However, this
information will be generally limited to the name of the veteran, service
number, rank, branch and dates of service, awards and decorations, and the place
of their entrance and separation. If the veteran is deceased, you may also
receive their date of birth, date and place of death and place of burial. Please
complete the requested information and submit by clicking on the Submit button.
You must provide all of the information requested.
If you are someone other than the "surviving spouse that has not
remarried, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, or brother" of the
veteran, you may request the information from the National Archives. You can apply online at the National Archives or download the SF-180 and follow the directions provided and mail or FAX it.
Please complete the questionnaire as completely as possible. Any unknown
information may make it difficult or impossible to locate the record. You may
request data that is not considered to be private or personal in nature. If you
want specific information be sure you enter that information in Block 13 or 14.
The NPRC will generally provide the following information (if available):
Name of Veteran
Branch and dates of service
Awards and decorations
Place of entrance and separation
If deceased, you may also receive:
Their place of birth
Date and place of death
Location of burial
Please be aware! The NPRC fire of 1973 destroyed 16-18 million records,
Army Personnel - 80 percent of records for those
discharged between 1 Nov 1912 and 1 Jan 1960.
Air Force Personnel - 75 percent of records for those
discharged between 25 Sep 1947 and 1 Jan 1964, with names alphabetically after
"Hubbard, James E."