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You can request your FREE DD214 from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) using the following information below or by visiting the National website HERE. Follow the insructions carefully on how to fill out the request! Turnaround times for records requested from the National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) vary greatly depending on the nature of the request. For example, the NPRC Military Records Facility currently has a backlog of over 200,000 requests and receives approximately 5,000 requests daily. Routine requests for separation statements currently require 4-5 weeks for servicing. The average turnaround time on all requests is currently 14-16 weeks; however, requests that involve reconstruction efforts due to the 1973 fire may take much longer.
With access to a printer and the Adobe Acrobat Reader software available below, you may download and print a copy of the Standard Form 180 - Request Pertaining to Military Records. The Standard Form 180 is formatted for legal size paper (8.5\" x 14\"). Please print that way if your printer can accommodate that. If your printer can only print on letter size paper (8.5\" x 11\"), select \"shrink to fit\" when the Adobe Acrobat Reader \"Print\" dialog box appears.
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If you don't have access to a printer, or are unable to download the SF 180, you may still submit a request for military records. Please read the two options below, and choose the one best suited to your needs:
- NOTE: You must call the system from a fax machine (using the handset) in order to receive documents. Voice instructions will guide you. There is no charge for this service except for any long distance telephone charges you may incur. The phone number to access the fax-on-demand system is as follows: 301-713-6905.
The SF 180 may be photocopied as needed. Please submit a separate request (either SF 180 or letter) for each individual whose records are being requested. You may submit more than one request per envelope or fax. The NPRC mailing address is:
National Personnel Records Center
Military Personnel Records
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63132-5100
The fax request number is 314-538-4175. The Center will respond in writing by U.S. Mail.
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