Department of Defense – current files of activepersonnel National Archives and Records Administration(NARA) archives.gov DOD transfers personnel files to Archives (St. Louis)after separation from the armed forces Available to the public 62 years after separation from themilitary. Access restrictions before 62 years. Record of Persons of Exceptional Prominence (PEP) assoon as 10 years after the individuals date of death.
Surviving spouse that has not remarried Father Mother Son Daughter Sister Brother
Pension Applications Most comprehensive source of information. Caninclude letters and pictures These files are a soldiers or family members claim toreceive pension. Personnel Files Dates of service, rank, unit, assignments, performanceevaluations, disciplinary actions. Recent records are not online.
Pre-1917 files are stored NARAWashington, D.C. Post-1917 are stored in St. Louis, MissouriNational Personnel Records Center,Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR)
All files can be ordered online using avariety of forms.eVetRecsDD Form 214 Report of SeparationOlder military service records (pre-1917)NATF 86Pension applications and Bound LandWarrants NATF 85
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