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Get your FREE DD214 Military Record or get help with your DD214 Military Record This page with tell you how you can obtain your DD214 for free. There is a lot of information here and it can be time consuming. We realize that some people find it easier to have someone do it for them or need help.

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:

  • Option 1: Contact the National Archives and Records Administration's Fax-on-Demand system. The SF 180 is available as document number 2255.
      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.
  • Option 2: Send your request as a letter to the National Archives and Records Administration. Requests must contain enough information to identify the record among the more than 70 million on file at NPRC (MPR). Certain basic information is needed to locate military service records. This information includes the veteran's complete name used while in service, service number or social security number, branch of service, and dates of service. Date and place of birth may also be helpful, especially if the service number is not known. If the request pertains to a record that may have been involved in the 1973 fire, also include place of discharge, last unit of assignment, and place of entry into the service, if known.
  • 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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